fair housing, zoning, exclusionary zoning, Mount Laurel, Mount Laurel doctrine, New Jersey Fair Housing Act, racial integration, RCA, regional contribution agreement, urban renewal, urban revitalization


This Article outlines the origins of exclusionary zoning, the doctrine announced in Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Township of Mount Laurel and the emergence of Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs) under New Jersey's Fair Housing Act. The author argues that, as implemented, RCAs thwart the Mount Laurel doctrine's explicit goal of revitalizing urban areas and its implicit goal of racial integration of suburban municipalities. The article concludes that, because the RCAs thwart some of the basic goals of the Mount Laurel doctrine, the New Jersey Fair Housing Act can no longer be described as a codification of that doctrine and substantial revisions are required to harmonize the Act, as currently implemented, with the Mount Laurel vision.

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