* These observations and principles are the product of discussions and commentary from participants at the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review’s Mount Laurel Symposium, “Twists in the Path from Mount Laurel,” held at the Boston College Law School on January 16, 2003. The Symposium studied the tensions between statewide affordable housing goals, epitomized in the classic Mount Laurel decision, and municipal environmental protection efforts. See generally S. Burlington County NAACP v. Township of Mount Laurel, 336 A.2d 713 (N.J. 1975).