[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Wrightstown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 219.
[Adopted 9-13-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-09]
The purpose of this article is to create the administrative mechanisms needed for the execution of Wrightstown Borough's responsibility to assist in the provision of affordable housing pursuant to the Fair Housing Act of 1985.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MUNICIPAL HOUSING LIAISON
- The employee charged by the governing body with the responsibility for oversight and administration of the affordable housing program for Wrightstown Borough.
- ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT
- The entity responsible for administering the affordability controls of some or all units in the affordable housing program for Wrightstown Borough to ensure that the restricted units under administration are affirmatively marketed and sold or rented, as applicable, only to low- and moderate-income households.
Establishment of position of Municipal Housing Liaison. There is hereby established the position of Municipal Housing Liaison for Wrightstown Borough.
Subject to the approval of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), the Municipal Housing Liaison shall be appointed by the governing body and may be a full- or part-time municipal employee.
The Municipal Housing Liaison shall be responsible for oversight and administration of the affordable housing program for Wrightstown Borough, including the following responsibilities which may not be contracted out:
Serving as Wrightstown Borough's primary point of contact for all inquiries from the state, affordable housing providers, administrative agents, and interested households;
Monitoring the status of all restricted units in Wrightstown Borough's fair share plan;
Compiling, verifying, and submitting annual reports as required by COAH;
Coordinating meetings with affordable housing providers and administrative agents, as applicable;
Attending continuing education opportunities on affordability controls, compliance monitoring, and affirmative marketing as offered or approved by COAH;
Subject to approval by COAH, Wrightstown Borough may contract with or authorize a consultant, authority, government or any agency charged by the governing body, which entity shall have the responsibility of administering the affordable housing program of Wrightstown Borough. If Wrightstown Borough contracts with another entity to administer all or any part of the affordable housing program, including the affordability controls and affirmative marketing plan, the Municipal Housing Liaison shall supervise the contracting administrative agent.
Compensation. Compensation shall be fixed by the governing body at the time of the appointment of the Municipal Housing Liaison.
Administrative powers and duties assigned to the Municipal Housing Liaison.
Affirmative marketing: providing counseling or contracting to provide counseling services to low- and moderate-income applicants on subjects such as budgeting, credit issues, mortgage qualification, rental lease requirements, and landlord/tenant law.
Household certification: employing the random selection process as provided in the affirmative marketing plan of Wrightstown Borough when referring households for certification to affordable units.
Resale and rental.
Instituting and maintaining an effective means of communicating information between owners and the administrative agent regarding the availability of restricted units for resale or rental; and
Instituting and maintaining an effective means of communicating information to low- and moderate-income households regarding the availability of restricted units for resale or rerental.
Securing annually lists of all affordable housing units for which tax bills are mailed to absentee owners and notifying all such owners that they must either move back to their unit or sell it;
Securing from all developers and sponsors of restricted units, at the earliest point of contact in the processing of the project or development, written acknowledgment of the requirement that no restricted unit can be offered, or in any other way committed, to any person, other than a household duly certified to the unit by the administrative agent;
The posting annually in all rental properties, including two-family homes, of a notice as to the maximum permitted rent, together with the telephone number of the administrative agent where complaints of excess rent can be made;
Establishing a program for diverting unlawful rent payments to the municipality's Affordable Housing Trust Fund or other appropriate municipal fund approved by the DCA;
Providing annual reports to COAH as required.
The administrative agent shall have authority to take all actions necessary and appropriate to carry out its responsibilities hereunder.