Monday, July 4, 2011

TR: Fair and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

From Connie Pascale:

Several weeks ago, in lieu of our normal meeting, we attended a meeting of the new Fair and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee established by Toms River.  As you recall,  this Committee was created by the Township as part of its effort to produce a comprehensive Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), as well as to obtain input concerning ways to address the need for affordable housing.  Many of us were asked to be Committee members.

The draft AI is now completed. The Township is seeking comment from the Committee regarding the draft before a public hearing is held.  A Committee meeting for this purpose has been scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Lomell room on the first floor of the Toms River Municipal Building.  (See the notice below.)  Once again, this is in direct conflict with our normal meeting. 

The Committee meeting represents another opportunity for us to share our knowledge, ideas and concerns with the Township in a meaningful way.  Consequently, in lieu of our regular meeting, we will instead participate in the Fair and Affordable Housing Committee meeting.  Please attend if you can.  (Please note the time, which is earlier than we usually meet.)  The TR Municipal building in on Washington Street in downtown Toms River, across from the Courthouse and next to the library. 

As the notice below makes clear, a hard copy of the draft can be viewed at several locations.  A PDF version will be available on the Township's website on Tuesday or Wednesday.  A scanned version can be accessed here:  Toms River AI.xps.    (Click "download anyway" when prompted to do so.)  It is very long and will take a while to download.  But you should be able to review it online once the process is complete.  If you only have limited time, please take a look at the identified impediments, as well as the proposed strategies for overcoming them.  It is in these two areas that our input will be most valuable.  Is the list of identified impediments accurate and complete?  Are the proposed strategies sufficient to overcome them, or must more be done?

Have a good holiday weekend and a great week.  See you Monday, July 11th.

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