Courts, Planners, and Affordable Housing
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.
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
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Rahenkamp is extensively involved in research and analysis of evolving regulatory techniques and their impact on the economics of land development and social responsibility. He has frequently served as an expert witness in challenging inappropriate land use policies and restrictions or defending well-constructed regulations. He has been accepted as an expert by trial courts in several states, innumerable planning and zoning boards throughout the country, and has served as a Court-appointed Master in New Jersey.
, Clarke, Caton & Hintz
Confirmed SpeakerPhilip Caton, FAICP has directed land use programming, site planning and redevelopment initiatives for public agencies and as a private consultant for over 35 years. He has prepared Redevelopment Plans for most of New Jersey's large cities, and has prepared Master Plans and zoning ordinances for many municipalities. Mr. Caton is an acknowledged expert in affordable housing and in TDRs. Old York Village was the winner of the American Planning Association National Outstanding Planning Award in 2004.
, Kinsey & Hand
Confirmed SpeakerDavid N. Kinsey, PhD, FAICP/PP, Kinsey & Hand and Princeton University David N. Kinsey is planner who specializes in affordable housing planning for public, private, and nonprofit clients. Since Mount Laurel IV in 2015, he has developed a model and calculated municipal fair share housing obligations for New Jersey municipalities in collaboration with Fair Share Housing Center. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University since 1998, where he teaches land use policy and planning, affordable housing, and planning theory. Kinsey is a co-author of Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb, awarded the Paul Davidoff Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2013. Kinsey currently serves on the AICP Comprehensive Exam Task Force. Earlier in his career, Kinsey was Director of the Division of Coastal Resources in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He holds an A.B. in Government-Architecture from Dartmouth College and M.P.A.U.P. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. Kinsey may be reached at: email@example.com