40:55D-8.2 Findings, declarations relative to Statewide non-residential development fees.
33. The Legislature finds and declares:
a.The collection of development fees from builders of residential and non-residential properties has been authorized by the court through the powers delegated to the Council on Affordable Housing established pursuant to the "Fair Housing Act," P.L.1985, c.222 (C.52:27D-301 et al.).
b.New Jersey's land resources are becoming more scarce, while its redevelopment needs are increasing. In order to balance the needs of developing and redeveloping communities, a reasonable method of providing for the housing needs of low and moderate income and middle income households, without mandating the inclusion of housing in every non-residential project, must be established.
c.A Statewide non-residential development fee program which permits municipalities under the council's jurisdiction to retain these fees for use in the municipality will provide a fair and balanced funding method to address the State's affordable housing needs, while providing an incentive to all municipalities to seek substantive certification from the council.
d.Whereas pursuant to P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-1 et seq.), organizations are directed to invest in the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to ensure that the development of housing for families of low and moderate income shall be provided. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, in consultation with the council, shall work to effectuate the purpose and intent of P.L.1985, c.222 (C.52:27D-301 et al.).
e.The "Statewide Non-Residential Development Fee Act," sections 32 through 38 of P.L.2008, c.46 (C.40:55D-8.1 through C.40:55D-8.7), prohibits municipalities from imposing their own fees to fund affordable housing on non-residential development, and P.L.2009, c.90 (C.52:27D-489a et al.) is not intended to alter this underlying policy.
f.The negative impact of a State policy that over-relies on a municipal fee structure and of State programs that require a municipality to impose fees and charges on developers must be balanced against any public good expected from such regulation. It is undisputable that the charging of fees at high levels dissuades commerce from locating within a State or municipality or locality and halts non-residential and residential development, and these ill effects directly increase the overall costs of housing, and could impede the constitutional obligation to provide for a realistic opportunity for housing for families at all income levels.
L.2008, c.46, s.33; amended 2009, c.90, s.36.
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