Report blames zoning laws for lack of affordable housing in New Jersey

Development of big homes on big lots and zoning that favors businesses over townhouses has stymied efforts to make wealthy towns affordable for low-income residents and helped push New Jersey’s suburban sprawl, a new report to be released today concludes.

The report, conducted by Rowan University, says it’s tougher for lower-income residents to afford to live in wealthy suburban towns today than it was in 1970.

All this occurs despite the long effort to push towns to add affordable housing and adhere to “smart growth” initiatives, and zoning rules are to blame, the report says.

“Municipalities are making it almost impossible to build apartments and townhouses that are affordable to middle-class New Jerseyans,” said Adam Gordon, spokesman for Fair Share Housing Center, which paid for the study. “Middle-class families cannot afford a three-acre home.”



About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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