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Fort Monmouth Affordable Housing Obligation Questioned

OCEANPORT: The number of residential units located at Fort Monmouth will still have a 20 percent affordable housing requirement, despite potential changes to COAH (Council On Affordable Housing) regulations.

Eatontown resident Bob English asked the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) board about the possibility of changing the fort’s housing obligation to 10 percent to match the proposed COAH regulations during the May 21 meeting.

FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman said he does not anticipate a change in Fort Monmouth’s affordable housing commitment.

“I believe its our current position that our commitment is 20 percent for each of the individual residential projects as it states in the reuse plan and will continue to be that way until we are told in the future, if we are told in the future, that our obligation must change,” Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) Executive Director Bruce Steadman said this week.

Deputy Attorney General Gabe Chacon, who advises the FMERA board, said the 20 percent affordable housing obligation is a statutory obligation FMERA must abide by for its residential projects.

“Until that statute changes, the 20 percent remains for Fort Monmouth,” Chacon said.

English also asked individual board members if they would “advocate to have proposed residential properties within the fort treated the same way or have the same obligations as properties outside the fort and in other towns if the ten percent is adopted.”

Oceanport Mayor and FMERA Board member Michael Mahon, said Oceanport would advocate for the same treatment.

“Oceanport is considering a resolution that will be shared with our neighboring municipalities and our local legislative delegation asking for similar treatment in the statutory requirement to be in line with the proposed COAH regulations,” Mahon said.

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