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Finalized 2018 Hoboken Master Plan Rexamination Report and 2018 Land Use Element Now Available

Friday, May 25, 2018

The 2018 Hoboken Master Plan Reexamination Report and 2018 Land Use Element have been finalized, following nearly a year of public meetings, surveys, and input. The 2018 reports address how Hoboken’s socio-economic characteristics, population, vision, and needs have changed since the 2010 Master Plan Reexamination.

 

“This new master plan gives the City of Hoboken a clear vision of the future,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla. “I’m excited about what’s next for our city, particularly in the areas of housing affordability, flood mitigation, and transportation.”

 

The Master Plan serves as a blueprint for the City, providing guidance to elected officials on what changes residents want to see in the long- and short-term.

 

“The 2010 Reexamination was drafted at the height of the Great Recession and before Hoboken endured Superstorm Sandy,” said Community Development Director Brandy Forbes. “Hoboken has come a long way since then, and thanks to all of the public comments, our new priorities reflect that change.”

 

The Master Plan addresses five main themes with a range of recommendations, including:

 

  1. A Complete Neighborhood
    1. Promote enhancement of facilities and events for arts, culture, and education
    2. Maintain the scale and experience of the City’s shared streetscapes and built environment, particularly within Hoboken’s interior residential neighborhoods
    3. Preserve historic properties and protect architectural heritage
    4. Build, upgrade, and connect park and open space amenities

 

  1. Shared Prosperity
    1. Support local businesses, arts and industries
    2. Provide affordable housing options for family and non-family households, and for lower-income communities
    3. Diversify the local economy by encouraging non-residential uses particularly in underserved areas of the City

 

  1. A City of Connected Places
    1. Make Hoboken a better place for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders while improving driving conditions
    2. Improve efficiency of the roadways, particularly in and out of Hoboken and through the Central Business District
    3. Improve parking conditions and convenience of public transportation and other green alternatives

 

  1. Becoming a Sustainable and Resilient City
    1. Upgrade and innovate infrastructure systems
    2. Adapt to climate change impacts and improve response capacity for emergencies and natural disasters
    3. Mitigate climate change impacts by improving waste and energy systems

 

  1. An Engaged and Efficient Partner
    1. Standardize processes for information sharing, engagement, and feedback
    2. Increase municipal capacity, efficiently manage resources and track government performance
    3. Employ “smart city” technology infrastructure
    4. Work collaboratively across municipalities and agencies

 

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing to consider the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report and the 2018 Land Use Element at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11that the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. The full reports can be found here http://masterplan-cityofhoboken.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/documents–resources

 

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Restricted Parking on Washington Street

Friday, May 25, 2018

Please be advised that starting on Tuesday, May 29th through Thursday May 31st, there will be no parking on either side of Washington Street from Observer Highway through 3rd Street as the green Endura-Blend Bike Lanes will be installed.

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Mayor Bhalla Releases Letter to State Officials on Rebuild By Design Proposals

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla released today a letter he has sent to the Commissioners of the State Department of the Environment and Department of Transportation regarding the Rebuild By Design flood resistance barrier options that are being considered by the State. These protection options will help protect Hoboken and run east-to-west from the Hudson River to Marin Boulevard. A copy of the letter can be found here.
While Mayor Bhalla’s position underscores the Administration’s primary interest in completing the Rebuild by Design project to protect Hoboken from the growing impacts of climate change, a southern alignment for this project that accommodates the development contemplated by the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan is, without any doubt, of tremendous economic benefit to both Hoboken and the State of New Jersey. The contemplated development would activate a sorely underutilized asset of NJTRANSIT and transform the property, from the second floor of the Hoboken Terminal all the way along the redevelopment area, into a world-class transit oriented development. This project has the potential to be an international model for responsible private-public partnership and development that strengthens our mass transit infrastructure while providing multi-million dollar job economic benefits to a cash-strapped state transit agency.

 

Accordingly, an alignment that both preserves this historic economic development opportunity for New Jersey while also protecting Hoboken and State assets from the growing threat of climate change, creates a win-win for everyone and should be vigorously pursued by the State of New Jersey.

Hoboken has already invested significant time and financial resources in adopting the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan in 2014 to make this vision a reality for our city. The Bhalla Administration remains committed to this vision and remains ready and willing to work with all stakeholders to identify a solution that advances all legitimate interests.

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Mayor Bhalla to Participate in Mayor Exchange Program

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla will travel to Villalba, Puerto Rico on Thursday and Friday to meet with Mayor Luis Javier “Javi” Hernández Ortiz to discuss hurricane recovery efforts and issues still facing both cities.

“We here in Hoboken know what it’s like to suffer a devastating storm,” said Bhalla. “It’s been almost six years since Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve learned a lot in that time. I hope our visit will help the people of Villalba on their long journey towards recovery.”

At a later date, Mayor Hernández Ortiz will come to Hoboken to learn how local storm recovery efforts, such as Rebuild By Design, may be applied in Villalba.

“My trip there will help me understand what they went through and how it relates to what we went through after Sandy,” said Bhalla. “When Mayor Hernández Ortiz comes to Hoboken, he will get to see how we’re addressing the impact of flooding. At the same time, there’s a lot we can learn from them about potential future issues, including what did and didn’t work for them.”

The educational trips are financed by the Open Society Foundation and come at no cost to taxpayers.

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