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Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Township of Mount Laurel
New Jersey Supreme Court
456 A.2d 390 (N.J. 1983)
In Southern Burlington County NAACP v. Township of Mount Laurel, 336 A.2d 713 (1975) (Mount Laurel I), the New Jersey Supreme Court established a doctrine requiring that municipalities’ land-use regulations had to provide a realistic opportunity for lower-income housing. The court in Mount Laurel I ordered the town of Mount Laurel (defendant) to amend its zoning ordinance so as to provide a realistic opportunity for lower-income housing. Mount Laurel added three new zones owned entirely by three individuals. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of Southern Burlington County (plaintiff) brought suit, contending that the amended zoning ordinance did not comply with the Mount Laurel I doctrine. The trial court upheld the ordinance, and the NAACP appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wilentz, C.J.)
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