Q With the huge growth of condo and co-op units in New Jersey, it is long overdue for municipalities to form advisory committees to better serve those communities with input on the special needs of condo, co-op owners and renters. I know of only one community, Hackensack, that has such an advisory committee. Are there any others? And what are you thoughts as to the need for such municipal advisory committees and the missions could serve?
“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has initiated changes to the affordable housing obligations of New Jersey municipalities. While his systemwide re-evaluation of this government function moves forward, it would be appropriate for those New Jersey municipalities who have already established their Housing Committees to expand those committee’s functions as we did in Florham Park.
“A letter, telephone call or email is all that is needed for a governing body to initiate a meeting and to provide a valuable communication vehicle between elected officials and elected community association leaders. Topics that arose in Florham Park’s outreach to community association leaders included municipal services reimbursement issues; coordination of action to maintain sidewalks and boundary areas in the “no-man’s land” between the association and public property; fire and water service issues and even outreach by the municipality for volunteers for municipal committees. It was well worth it for both parties.”