Rutgers Center for Real Estate to Host Industry Power Players at Landmark Real Estate Conference: The Mount Laurel Doctrine; Where We Are & What Happens Now?

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Continuing education credits will be offered to Real Estate Brokers/Salespersons, Attorneys, and Architects*

Newark, N.J. (November 15, 2016) – Rutgers Center for Real Estate, an academic program positioned to transform and inspire the next generation of real estate leaders, will continue its premier conference series hosting a landmark Real Estate Conference: The Mount Laurel Doctrine; Where We Are & What Happens Now? The conference will bring together leaders in policy making, government, law and real estate on both sides of the affordable housing issue to examine the tensions that currently exist between municipalities and developers. The conference will take place on December 15, 2016, at the Newark Museum located at 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. Registration and breakfast start at 7:30 AM with the program beginning at 8:15 AM. Registration is required and is now open at

The Rutgers Center for Real Estate Conference: The Mount Laurel Doctrine; Where We Are & What Happens Now? brings together speakers that offer varied and different views on the affordable housing issue to educate attendees and provide them with a better understanding of the current state of affordable housing and the impact of the varied implementation process of the Mount Laurel Doctrine throughout New Jersey. The Conference will also examine the role that special master planners and hearing officers play and what steps judges are taking to mediate settlements. Additionally, the Conference will provide a forum to discuss current challenges as well as to brainstorm solutions and best practices for municipalities and developers to work together on affordable housing initiatives.

The event will be headlined by two keynote speeches. Jonathan F.P. Rose, President and Founder of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm, which creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century, will discuss insights from his recently published book on how to create resilient cities, The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach us About the Future of Urban Life. Rose will discuss the need for each state to assess its affordable housing gap and provide suggested strategies on how to overcome it.

Thomas Gleason, Executive Director of MassHousing, the leading provider of affordable housing financing in Massachusetts and one of the largest housing finance agencies in the country, will offer insights on Massachusetts’ highly successful affordable housing model and provide suggestions as to how other states can adopt a similar model.

The panel discussion “What Are The Challenges?” will be moderated by Meryl Gonchar, Co-Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Land Use Practice Group. Guest panelists include:

  • Shirley Bishop – President/Owner of Shirley M. Bishop, PP, LLC and Former Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH)
  • Chuck Richman – Commissioner of the NJ Department of Community Affairs
  • Rob Kasuba – Attorney with Bisgaier Hoff
  • Paul Phillips – Principal at Phillips, Preiss, Gyrgiel LLC
  • Milton Pratt – SVP of The Michaels Organization

The panel discussion “How Do We Solve This?” will be moderated by Ron Ladell, Senior Vice President at AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Guest panelists include:

  • Senator Kip Bateman – NJ State Senator for the 16th Legislative District
  • Michael Cerra – Assistant Executive Director of the NJ League of Municipalities
  • Brett Tanzman – Senior Vice President of Garden Homes
  • Tony Marchetta – Executive Director of the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
  • Kevin Walsh – Executive Director, Fair Share Housing Center

“Our premier conference series is designed to examine some of the most pressing issues facing both society and our industry, bringing together leaders not in only in real estate, but also public policy to exchange ideas, to elevate the discussion and to promote an environment in which we can share best practices and work together toward solutions,” said Morris Davis, Academic Director at the Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate. “Affordable housing is a major issue not only in New Jersey, but across the country. The Mount Laurel Doctrine had a powerful impact on achieving fair housing, but has also created several, severe challenges for the real estate industry which need to evaluated based on where things stand today. This conference allows us to bring together leaders from every side of the issue to work through challenges and promote innovative ideas and solutions to determine the best course of action moving forward.”

The cost to register for the event is $195 prior to December 1, 2016, or $225 from December 2 – December 14th. Onsite tickets will be $250 at the event (space permitting). Continuing education credits will be offered to professionals in the following categories: real estate brokers/salespersons (3 CE credits), attorneys (3.6 CLEs), and architects (3 LUs)*. In order to receive credits, attendees must be present for the entire conference and sign in/out. Breakfast will be served. Space is limited and registration is required to attend.

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*Credits are pending approval