According to a release from Hopewell Township’s attorney, Linda Galella from the firm Parker McCay, on May 8, 2017, Richard Reading, the Superior Court appointed Special Master issued his long awaited report where he opines that Hopewell Township has a 625-unit affordable housing obligation for the “gap period” of 1999 to 2015.In April of 2017, Richard Reading calculated Hopewell Township’s prospective need obligation for the period of 2015 to 2025 to be 504 units. According to Mr. Reading, this brings Hopewell Township’s total affordable housing obligation to 1129 units.
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In order for the Township to maximize any potential credits and bonuses, the Hopewell Township Committee has referred this matter to the Planning Board to determine whether any of the proposed sites in Hopewell’s Affordable Housing Plan can be designated as areas in need of redevelopment. This classification may allow the Township to capture additional bonus credits, explained Galella.
Ewing, Lawrence and East Windsor Townships have settled their cases with Fair Share Housing and Princeton Township is in the final stages of settlement, according to Galella. Hopewell and West Windsor Townships are the remaining municipalities before the court in the ongoing expanded present need trial before Judge Jacobson.