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City of Hoboken to Host Public Workshop on Comprehensive Master Plan Update

Friday, Sep 22, 2017

The City of Hoboken will host the first public workshop as part of its Master Plan Reexamination process on Tuesday, October 10th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.  All interested residents, business owners, property owners, and other interested parties are invited to share their ideas about how Hoboken should grow and what assets the City should protect over the next 10 years.

The City of Hoboken Planning Board is now “reexamining” the 2004 Hoboken Master Plan, which will result in the preparation of a 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report.  The Master Plan serves as the guiding document for Hoboken’s land-use decisions, such as zoning and capital improvements.  It documents community-established principles, guidelines, and strategies for the orderly and balanced future economic, social, physical, environmental and fiscal development of the City.

Municipalities in New Jersey are required to go through a process of reexamining their Master Plans at least every 10 years; however, it is good practice to conduct a reexamination process whenever there is a need to document, or plan for, major changes in a community.  The City of Hoboken last prepared a Master Plan Reexamination Report in 2010, and much has changed since that time.  The economic picture is very different, with Hoboken having emerged from the Great Recession with a strong housing market and a robust development pipeline. The City’s development landscape continues to evolve as new development and redevelopment projects are planned and built.  At the same time, the City has made significant investments in new parks, infrastructure, and other quality-of-life amenities. In addition, the impacts of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and other flooding events have stressed the importance of planning for a future that is resilient.

The 2018 Master Plan Reexamination will look to address how Hoboken can maintain its character as a historic, close-knit urban community, while simultaneously being able to accommodate the anticipated growth in and around the City as demand increases for parks and recreation, infrastructure, schools and daycare, affordable housing, and an effective multi-modal transportation system. The Reexamination will also look at strategies to become a “Smarter City” in order to make better informed decisions, develop appropriate policy, better allocate City resources, and improve Hoboken’s long-term livability, workability and sustainability.

The basic requirements for a Master Plan Reexamination are set by New Jersey Statute within the “Municipal Land Use Law” (MLUL).  The City has retained the consulting firm BFJ Planning to assist the Hoboken Planning Board in preparation of the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report.  As part of this effort, the Planning Board will also update the Land Use Plan Element of the Master Plan, which will set the stage for future changes to the City’s Zoning Code.

Maximizing citizen participation is an essential part of the 2018 Master Plan Reexamination Report. There will be numerous opportunities for public input, including community workshops, an online survey, various focus group meetings, and interviews with key stakeholders.  The City encourages all residents and stakeholders to attend the public workshop and make their voices heard. For further information, visit www.hobokennj.gov/masterplan.

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Hoboken Opens Southwest Park – New Jersey’s First Resiliency Park

Friday, Sep 22, 2017


Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, and other elected officials joined together this morning to officially open the Southwest Park, located between Jackson Street, Harrison Street, Observer Highway, and Paterson Avenue. The nearly one-acre park is designed with integrated green infrastructure to hold approximately 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff to reduce localized flooding.

“This is a great day for Hoboken, and I invite residents to come out and enjoy our newest park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Not only will the Southwest Park provide much-needed open space for the growing southwest neighborhood, but as the first-of-its-kind resiliency park in the state, it will serve as a model for New Jersey and beyond. This project was a team effort that began with a vision from advocates more than a decade ago. I thank the City Council for their continuous support of this project, North Hudson Sewerage Authority for partnering with us to design this park so that it reduces flooding, Hudson County for providing open space funding, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust for providing low-interest financing, and all of the advocates, planners, contractors, and professional staff that worked tirelessly to make this park a reality. I invite residents to join us next Wednesday for a community event to celebrate the opening of the park.”

The park features passive recreational space, green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding. It includes a dog run, moveable cafe tables and chairs, a pop-up market zone, a restroom, multi-level seating for small performances, a solar-powered mobile device charging station, and a lawn (temporarily closed to allow grass to grow). The park will also feature public wi-fi, which is currently being installed.

A community celebration event for the park will take place on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.  The family-friendly event will include activities for children and adults. For children, it will feature entertainment by Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot), balloon animals, face painting, and more. The event will also include music, food trucks and vendors, free food samples, neighborhood businesses, free fitness activities from local gyms, and more.

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Hoboken Community Invited to Southwest Park Opening Celebration

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017


All members of the community are invited to celebrate the opening of Hoboken’s Southwest Park at an event on Wednesday, September 27th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. The park is located between Observer Highway, Paterson Avenue, Harrison Street, and Jackson Street.

The family-friendly event will include activities for children and adults. For children, it will feature entertainment by Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot), balloon animals, and more. The event will also include music, food trucks and vendors, free food samples, neighborhood businesses, free fitness activities from local gyms, and more.

The park will officially open with a brief ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, September 22nd at 11:00am, which is also open to the public.

The park features passive recreational space, green infrastructure (rain gardens, shade tree pits, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater harvesting and reuse) and an underground detention system to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding. It includes a dog run, moveable cafe tables and chairs, a pop-up market zone, a restroom, multi-level seating for small performances, and a lawn (temporarily closed to allow grass to grow). The park will also feature public wi-fi, which is currently being installed.

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Reminder & Time Change: North End Redevelopment Plan Community Meeting to be Held September 28th

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

The City of Hoboken will host the first community workshop as part of the community planning process for the North End Redevelopment Plan on September 28, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Wallace School gymnasium, located at 1100 Willow Avenue. Please note that the start time for the meeting has changed from 7:00pm to 7:30pm due to a conflict with Back to School Night, which ends at 7:00pm.

In December 2013 the City Council declared the North End Area in the City of Hoboken as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks.

The City of Hoboken is now in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area.

As the first step of the community planning process, an online survey was issued in March, 2017 to provide public feedback on the vision for the North End. The survey results can be viewed at: http://hobokennj.gov/content/wp-content/uploads/North-End-Survey-Results-Memo.pdf.

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