Courts, Planners, and Affordable Housing

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The history and status of the landmark Mount Laurel doctrine on exclusionary zoning and affordable housing in New Jersey
  • How to project low and moderate income housing need and fairly allocate affordable housing obligations to municipalities
  • How to reconcile, resolve, or adjudicate competing (and sometimes conflicting) state and municipal, nonprofit, and private sector interests in addressing diverse housing needs and planning community futures 


On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the courts will once again assume the lead role in enforcing the constitutional requirement, imposed by the Mount Laurel doctrine, that municipalities must create realistic opportunities for the construction of low- and moderate-income housing. 

The result? 

A new frenzy of affordable housing planning and litigation is under way in more than 300 municipalities throughout New Jersey. Advocacy groups, municipalities, and builders are advancing and litigating new competing fair share housing calculation and allocation methodologies. And court-appointed special masters are mediating settlements at the municipal level on fair share numbers and acceptable compliance mechanisms that will increase affordable housing options and opportunities.

Three experts involved in Mount Laurel implementation since the 1970s will share insights on the current and likely future of affordable housing planning and development in New Jersey under the Mount Laurel doctrine, as well as lessons applicable in other states and communities.


J. Creigh Rahenkamp , Creigh Rahenkamp & Assoc LLC , Riverton , NJ (see bio)
Philip Caton , FAICP , Clarke, Caton & Hintz , Trenton , NJ (see bio)
David Kinsey , FAICP , Kinsey & Hand , Princeton , NJ (see bio)