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| May 25, 2023

Follow a Blueprint for Dismantling Housing Segregation

Dismantling Exclusionary Zoning: New Jersey’s Blueprint for Overcoming Segregation

In this report, our partners at the Fair Share Housing Center examine the development of New Jersey’s Mount Laurel Doctrine, a series of New Jersey Supreme Court decisions obligating towns to provide their fair share of the region’s need for affordable housing, and offer it as a blueprint to dismantle exclusionary zoning nationwide. They identify the key features of New Jersey’s legal and policy framework and how those features work in conjunction with a sustained housing justice movement predicated on grassroots organizing. While fierce opposition to limiting exclusionary zoning in New Jersey has persisted and at times led to setbacks, this sustained movement has continued to move forward through multifaceted organizing, legal, and policy strategies.

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