Category: Mount Laurel

COAH principles, COAH values: Part 3, from abolition to … what?

1 February, 2012 (09:01) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Land use, Law, Local issues, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s  Part 2  and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   In yesterday’s Part 2, we saw New Jersey’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) collapsing under its own political and administrative weight – when the best thing your friends can say for you is that though dysfunctional, you’re better than a […]

COAH principles, COAH values: Part 2, from hegemony to abolition

31 January, 2012 (09:44) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Land use, Law, Local issues, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s tale of an agency’s abolition chronicled the quarter-century life and sudden death of New Jersey’s Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).  As reported by Bendix Anderson in Affordable Housing Finance, the longer COAH endured, the less it was liked:     The votes kept coming […]

COAH principles, COAH values: Part 1, from mediation to hegemony

30 January, 2012 (09:37) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Land use, Law, Local issues, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Zoning |

By:David A. Smith   Is the instrument of a policy’s implementation as critical as the policy itself?    The answer has to be Yes.  Policies do not self-execute.  With the right implementation instrument, they can propagate so speedily they become pervasive and essential.  With the one instrument, they can bog down in the mudslinging of […]