It’s taken nearly 50 years, but New Jersey may finally be putting some teeth behind a 1975 landmark ruling by the NJ Supreme Court ordering the Garden State’s 564 municipalities to adjust their zoning laws so they don’t exclude affordable housing.

In a case known as the Mount Laurel Doctrine—for the town that was the original defendant in the lawsuit—the state’s top court mandated an obligation under the state constitution for every municipality in a growth area to provide a fair share of the region’s affordable housing needs.

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