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City Council Passes Ordinances to Ensure Availability of Affordable Housing in Asbury Park
5/1/2020, Asbury Park, NJ – City Council passed multiple ordinances aimed at providing affordable housing in Asbury Park at last night’s City Council meeting. These affordable housing ordinances were the culmination of a multi-year process that was performed in coordination with the Asbury Park Planning Board, the Asbury Park Affordable Housing Coalition, and the Fair Share Housing Center. The process began in December 2017 with the Planning Board’s adoption of a new Master Plan and Re-examination Report.
“As an urban community, Asbury Park has for many years provided adequate affordable housing under the guidelines of the State of New Jersey. However, the City is rapidly changing and the need for affordable housing has never been so great,” said Councilperson Yvonne Clayton, " As City Council, we have made it one of our utmost priorities to remedy what is an affordability issue for many residents and ensure the future of affordable housing in Asbury Park.”
“Despite not having an obligation to build additional affordable housing, the City has proactively taken the steps to lay the foundation for appropriate affordable housing in the future. For example, the COVID-19 public health crisis will have a negative impact on our economy and we envision an even greater need for affordable housing,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, “These ordinances provide a path for developers to include affordable units as part of their project plans, helping keep Asbury Park on track for affordable housing, and helping ensure the City’s continued diversity.”
“It is our intention to make Asbury Park as diverse as possible and we feel that it has been accomplished with this plan. During this process, we’ve given our input and advice and the City has constantly worked to make sure our voices were heard,” said Derek Minno Bloom of the Asbury Park Affordable Housing Coalition, “We have injected solutions to make this plan the best that it could possibly be for the time being, knowing more can be done in the future, but that at this time, this is the best possible plan to save residents that are being pushed out of Asbury Park.”
For more information on the City of Asbury Park, visit www.cityofasburypark.com.