Manalapan officials propose to create zones for affordable housing

MANALAPAN – The Township Committee is expected to conduct public hearings on three ordinances that will, if adopted, help Manalapan meet its obligation to provide opportunities for the development of affordable housing in the community.

The ordinances were introduced on June 10. The public hearings will be held during the committee’s July 8 meeting.

The proposed actions relate to Manalapan’s settlement of affordable housing issues with the Fair Share Housing Center, Cherry Hill, which advocates for the construction of affordable housing throughout New Jersey.

Affordable housing is defined as housing that is sold or rented at below market rates to individuals and families whose income meets certain guidelines.

Ordinance 2020-13 will establish an affordable housing overlay zone on Franklin Lane, providing for multi-family housing with an inclusionary set-aside of affordable housing.

The ordinance will allow for the construction of up to 117 market rate housing units and 51 affordable housing units that would be available to low, very low and moderate income households.

The ordinance is being proposed as part of a developer’s agreement between Sea-Franklin Associates Inc. and Manalapan dated Dec. 18, 2019, according to the ordinance.

Ordinance 2020-14 will establish an affordable housing overlay zone on Millhurst and Woodward roads, providing for multi-family housing with an inclusionary set-aside of age-restricted affordable housing.

Woodward Estates is the owner of the four lots that are the subject properties addressed in the proposed ordinance.

The principals of Woodward Estates have proposed constructing 130 for sale residential market rate townhomes (four bedrooms or less) and 55 multi-family, age-restricted for rent affordable apartments (one, two and three bedrooms) on the four lots identified in the ordinance.

Ordinance 2020-15 will establish an affordable housing overlay zone on a 24-acre property on Route 33, just west of the entrance to the Knob Hill residential community and golf course.

If the ordinance is adopted by the Township Committee, the action will allow American Properties at Manalapan, LLC, to pursue the construction of an inclusionary residential development and up to 19,000 square feet of commercial space on the property, according to the ordinance.

The residential portion would include up to 100 market rate for sale single-family homes and 29 affordable for sale multi-family housing units.