Affordable Housing Trial Delayed in Mercer County

Affordable Housing Trial Delayed in Mercer County

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At a case management conference held today, Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson agreed with the request, from all remaining Mercer County municipal attorneys involved in the Countywide Mount Laurel lawsuit, to delay the trial until after the New Jersey Supreme Court provides its ruling on whether the municipalities are responsible for the “gap period.” 

The trial, previously scheduled to start in December, will now be heard on January 9 to wait for the Supreme Court ruling after the Supreme Court took up the case as to whether municipalities are responsible to provide in their affordable housing plans for the prior round of obligation as part of this proceeding. For many towns, it is a difference of hundreds of affordable housing units. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on that case on November 29.

While the trial has been delayed, Judge Jacobson indicated that the Court will “not likely to delay longer.”

 

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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