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N.J. says affordable-housing plans due next week

New Jersey towns will not receive a last-minute extension to submit their proposals to create additional affordable housing, the state ruled yesterday, which means most plans must be in by the end of the year.

Some municipalities had called on the state's Council on Affordable Housing to extend the deadline to submit the third round of affordable-housing plans, as mandated by state Supreme Court rulings.

Local and state lawmakers argued that the mandate to provide up to 115,000 new units by 2018 was inappropriate because it relied on faulty estimates.

Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Joseph V. Doria Jr. noted in a letter to the state League of Municipalities that individual municipalities may apply for waivers to the deadline as necessary.

- Adrienne Lu