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Brick Won’t Have to Build More Affordable Housing Units

Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)
Gavel (Credit: Brian Turner/Flickr)

Brick, bucking a trend that has forced neighboring communities to construct thousands of low-income housing units, has reached a settlement with a housing advocacy group that states the township will not have to allow more units to be constructed.

The township council approved the settlement with the Fair Share Housing Center – the group behind enforcing the so-called Mount Laurel doctrine – Friday morning. Mayor John Ducey said the township had been in mediation with the group since last year. Initially, the center argued Brick should build more than 2,500 new units of affordable housing, but in the mediation process, the township was able to successfully counter that it already had enough affordable housing when the amount of buildable land is taken into account.

The township was able to reduce its affordable housing obligation to under 100 units, which is exceeded by the number of units currently available. The net impact is that zero new units are required to be constructed.


“We are confident that Brick Township has fulfilled our Mount Laurel obligations,” said Ducey. “This agreement essentially confirms that and places our number at zero.”

The Mount Laurel decision stems from a series of court cases under which the state Supreme Court ruled towns must use their zoning power in an affirmative manner to create residential living opportunities for moderate and low-income citizens. Affordable housing advocates have said their efforts are aimed at giving an opportunity for lower and middle income families to afford to live in various parts of the state that unfairly use their zoning power to block high-density or smaller, more affordable units to keep out those with low incomes. Those opposed to the Mount Laurel doctrine argue that high-density housing leads to higher school taxes, crime issues and is a detriment to the environment due to overbuilding.

The settlement agreement is subject to court approval. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Jan. 4.

“It will be substantially complete at that time,” said Township Attorney Kevin Starkey.

Ducey said the township has a commitment to affordable housing, which “shows in the number of scattered site housing, housing for low-income seniors and housing for people with special needs in Brick Township.”

  • KaayC

    So happy to read this. What I cant understand is the vacant bank-owned homes. Would it not be more logical and profitable to rent or sell to families than to leave vacant? We have a house in my area that was totally renovated in 2005.. It then became a victim of the housing crises. The bank has owned it empty for a decade now. They pay to have the lawn serviced, but the house remains empty. Can anybody explain?

    • Practical

      Great idea. Hope the mayor and council entertain doing it.

  • Frank Rizzo

    This whole thing has been a joke since the ruling in 1986 and has been controlled by the builders lobby ever since. Christie should have taken this to the federal level for a ruling and make it void or nationwide law. how many millions of property tax dollars that you pay to Brick Twp are put towards this each year…I estimate about 5 million or more of the Brick Twp Budget went towards this boondoggle each year. Where is the diversity in Lakewood…how come no blacks or hispanics live there in these newly built low income units…why only their own people….who holds them accountable

    • east coast resident

      Frank, I agree with you here. The black-clad people have taken over Lakewood. Just as they’re doing in the occupied West Bank . They love to clear the area of others, especially blacks and Hispanics and push them to Brick’s Maple leaf condos. and keep Lakewood to themselves. From what I heard, anyone is allowed to buy in those developments , as long as they help support a synagogue. That’s illegal. How do they get away with mixing religion with secular law?

      • Frank Rizzo

        You can have the same if you stick together as they do. The white middle class has been splintered by political correctness and a U.S. Justice Department that hates these hard working white middle class people so much they use their power against them.

  • Lock Her Up !

    The israeli settlements in Lakewood are rapidly encroaching into Brick Townships west bank.

  • Lock Her Up !

    Half of Brick Township is broken down old bungalows.
    If that isn’t affordable housing, what is?

    • Frank Rizzo

      Do something Ducey to clean up these bungalows

  • Stu Pidity

    Just watch The Boulevard at Brick quickly turn into the next Maple Leaf Village.The orthodox cult built it and as usual were very secretive as to who they were and where they’re located. What builder puts up their sign with nothing identifying who’s doing the building? Only a p.o. box was listed preventing anyone from finding out who they were. Point being if the builder was Paramount then at least the public would know that the Lakewood savages are continuing their invasion. Those few acres of trees chopped down were really an eyesore.

    • Exit91b

      The way it works with apartments is that they start out as ‘luxury’ housing and are just fine for the first few years, because the owner can charge premium rents.

      The problems happen later, when the complex gets old and outdated and is on the fourth or fifth owner, who can no longer charge enough to keep the place properly maintained, which leads to further decline.

  • Exit91b

    If it is true that Brick won’t have to build more affordable units, it is a major achievement for the mayor and council. Bravo.

    Overall, Brick is already affordable, with just a few high-end areas, and is mostly built-up. Those two factors worked in our favor.