NOTICE OF CHANGE TO COURT HEARING SPECIFICS AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that because of extensive closures and restrictions due to the ongoing State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency, the New Jersey Courts have minimized or eliminated most in-person court hearings. A properly noticed and continued Amended Fairness Hearing and Final Compliance Hearing (“Hearing”) for the Town of Boonton (“Town”) is scheduled for April 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the above-referenced matter before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Judicial Center, Courtroom 203, 43-47 High Street, Newton, New Jersey 07860. The Docket Number is MRS-L-1636-15.
The purpose of the Hearing is for the Court to consider whether the terms of an amended settlement agreement between the Town and Fair Share Housing Center (“FSHC”) and a settlement agreement between the Town and Monroe Street Holdings LLC (collectively, “Settlement Agreements”) will meet the Town’s obligation to provide a realistic opportunity to satisfy the Town’s rehabilitation, Prior Round, and Third Round “fair share” of the regional need for affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households pursuant the Mount Laurel decisions and their progeny, the Fair Housing Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-301, et seq., the substantive, applicable regulations of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (“COAH”), the New Jersey Supreme Court’s March 10, 2015 decision in In re N.J.A.C. 5:96 & N.J.A.C. 5:97, 221 N.J. 1 (2015), and other applicable laws, and to consider the entry of a Final Judgment of Compliance and Repose in favor of the Town, based upon the Town’s Housing Element and Fair Share Plan, implementing resolutions and ordinances, and other submitted supporting documentation.
As of April 17, 2020, the Court has advised that the Hearing remains scheduled to take place as stated. However, consistent with the policy adopted by the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Hearing will take place using virtual technology that has been adopted for use by the Court system. Any members of the public who wish to observe, object or otherwise participate in the Hearing may appear at the Sussex County Judicial Center for the scheduled hearing date and time and advise of their intent to attend. The Court will endeavor to permit, but cannot assure, the use of a Judicial Center computer that will have access to the virtual Hearing.
By the time of the Hearing, it may be possible, but not assured, for members of the public to access the virtual Hearing remotely from their own computers. Any member of the public so wishing to do so should email email@example.com, make that request, and provide full contact information, including full name, business affiliation if applicable, address, daytime telephone number, and email address. For those who wish to watch the proceeding, the Hearing may, but is not assured, be live streamed on the Judiciary webpage at http://njcourts.gov/public/vc/index.html.
/s/ Cynthia Oravits
CYNTHIA ORAVITS, TOWN CLERK
TOWN OF BOONTON