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More affordable housing in Clinton causes overcrowding concerns

CLINTON, N.J. - Officials in Clinton, New Jersey said they are concerned about overcrowding.

The Mayor of Clinton, Janice Kovach, said the town’s population could explode because of a state law about affordable housing.

Kovach said a non-negotiable plan to build 300 new apartments could suddenly increase the population by 20 percent.

The problem lies with the state government, she said, which uses an algorithm to decide how much affordable housing each town must offer.

Kovach said the numbers don't take into consideration the strains a sudden population increase could have on small municipalities.

“The concern isn't housing; it's water, it's sewer it's roads and our school,” Kovach said.

Kovach isn't against increasing affordable housing options, she said, and believes the town already has affordable apartments in several complexes.

But Kovach said the town should have more control over where and when more units are built.

“I'm willing to work as many hours in a day…to help get to the solution,” she said.

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