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Illness Leaves Rutherford Without Housing Expert

A consortium of communities that had hired Robert Burchell as an urban policy expert for affordable housing have to make new plans in the wake of his sudden illness.
A consortium of communities that had hired Robert Burchell as an urban policy expert for affordable housing have to make new plans in the wake of his sudden illness. Photo Credit: Bloustein.rutgers.edu

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- A consortium of communities, including towns in Bergen County, have to find a new expert to prepare affordable housing data to meet state requirements, NorthJersey.com reported.

Rutgers University professor Robert Burchell was to represent the entire group in developing a method that would determine how many affordable housing units they’d need to provide to fulfill their “fair share” under state law, which has to be recalculated from a base of zero periodically, the story said.

East Rutherford, Hasbrouck Heights, Closter and Rutherford are among the group of communities that hired Burchell, according to NorthJersey.com.

Every community in the state must have a formal plan designed to encourage development of low- and moderate-income housing, and prevent exclusionary zoning, NorthJersey.com said.

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