01 December 2009

Should they conform or not?

Bernardsville is faced with a decision about whether to conform to the Highlands plan. The Home News and Tribune reports that if they conform their zoning to the plan, their affordable housing obligation drops around 125 units to 25 but they are also obligated to zone the rural lots for 20-25 acre minimums because of environmental concerns. While this seems to place affordable housing and environmental quality in direct conflict, that seems less the issue for the community. Instead, the town is puzzling over the spatial nature of the decision, so they are mapping out the impacts of their response to see where the decision will be felt the most.

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