[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Township of Montclair 12-28-2004 by Ord. No. 04-67. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township Council has established as a primary goal the maintenance of Montclair's economic diversity and seeks creative housing initiatives to further that goal. The Council believes that an advisory commission could assist in the pursuit of new housing strategies in the face of rising property values, increased real estate market pressures and limited supply of developable land. A housing commission is one of several strategies recommended by Baird & Driskell, housing consultants, in the Affordable Housing Strategy dated June 2004. Therefore, there is hereby created and established an advisory commission to be known as the "Montclair Housing Commission" (MHC).
[Amended 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. O-023-09]
The Montclair Housing Commission ("MHC") shall consist of 13 members appointed by the Township Council to serve staggered three-year terms, except as set forth below. One member of the Commission shall be a student from a high school located in the Township and one member shall be a Montclair State University student. The two student members shall be considered nonvoting interns and shall serve for a term of one year. MHC membership should consist of a diverse group of individuals committed to achieving the Township's affordable housing goals. All members of the Commission shall be appointed in accordance with the Township Council's operating practices and procedures for appointments to advisory boards and commissions, including the submission of written volunteer forms provided by the Township Clerk.
No person who is a Township employee holding a managerial or policy-making position shall serve as a voting member of the Commission.
The MHC shall be advisory to the Council on housing policies and issues and provide recommendations to the Township Council and other boards and commissions. The primary responsibility of the MHC shall be the implementation of affordable housing programs as described in the Montclair Affordable Housing Strategy, dated June 2004, in conjunction with the Township staff, Council, local nonprofits and others. The MHC shall submit to the Township Council a strategic plan within 90 days of its formation, and thereafter on an annual basis, which details its proposed initiatives and timetable for each. At the sole and exclusive discretion of the Council, the title of Township Housing Specialist may be added to the Montclair Salary Ordinance, who shall serve as staff to the MHC.
Editor's Note: The currently effective Salary Ordinance is on file in the office of the Municipal Clerk.
The Council may grant MHC an annual budget as is reasonable and proper to enable it to carry out its responsibilities and shall have the use of adequate space and facilities for the conduct of its business at 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, N.J.
The MHC shall keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the governing body. All meetings and conduct of business shall be subject to the Open Public Meetings Act., N.J.S.A. 10:4-1 et seq.
The MHC shall have the power to study and make recommendations concerning any and all issues related to affordable housing as well as any other appropriate topic upon which the Township Council seeks advice and study.