• 26 Feb 2016 2:13 AM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    Tanya Marione from the Jersey City Planning Department has been working on a plan to change R1 zoning to R5 zoning in downtown JC. If you're wondering what zone you currently live in, see the map below.  The necessity to fix the zoning is that the Village area is the last frontier of downtown and since not many developers come in and want to build 3 story houses, the zoning department is constantly being asked for variances for lots in R-1 zoning.  

    This R1 zoning also makes up a healthy portion of the Hamilton Park neighborhood which why the we've invited Tanya to our 3/2 meeting to discuss it.

    R1 zoning is one and two family housing with a max height of 3 stories and 1:1 parking.  

    R5 zoning would be max 4 stories - 45 ft (plus some if in a flood zone), 80 units an acre, with .5 parking.  The draft wording can be seen here:  2016.02.25 R-5 PB Version.pdf

    Tanya has worked on this for two years. Case law as early as the 1950s gives a lot of weight to the reconsideration and re-examination of existing zoning. For example, if the zoning board grants a bunch of the same use or height variances – they are abusing the point of variance relief, because they zone by ordinance/law and not by variance. Zoning by variance is essentially the wild west – there’s no master plan or common purpose.

    She has provided us with the annual report from the previous year. Including density and height analysis done for each block and lot within the R-1 district downtown along with a plethora of other data she has collected.

    2014 and 2015 Zoning Board Annual Report.pdf

    2012 and 2013 Zoning Board Annual Report.docx

    2015 The Village Zoning Table E.pdf

    2015 village north analysis.xlsx

    As Tanya puts it, in the 1970s many areas, specifically downtown, were zoned as low density strictly residential. That was never the reality, and the new zoning, only to be solidified in 2000 with the new master plan – created buildings that are very out of character with the historic nature of the area. Three story buildings, with 2 families and a garage is the outlier, not the standard for R-1 downtown.  The R-5 zoning matches the existing density of the current neighborhood but provides more square footage. It also has green infrastructure requirements built into it.


    For some interesting background reference – the zoning from 1957, the one that would be most representative of what’s existing (except for maybe the more historic districts), was that the height was regulated by the width of the street. So the street front of your building could only be as high as the width and ½ of your street. Using that rule was partially how Tanya came about the 45 ft, because she went through and used google earth to measure street widths – even in the 30s and 50s, 45 ft would have been permitted. The law then specified that every ft after 45 ft had to be setback.



  • 17 Feb 2016 11:37 PM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that the Public Hearing for this ROZ modification is scheduled for February 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall. Per public input, two minor changes have been made to the Heights section of the map (attached) to remove one residential area along Palisade Avenue and add one commercial area along Central Avenue. No changes have been made to the downtown section of the map. In the interest of consistency, no further changes will be made to either map prior to the Board’s hearing.

    Questions?  Reach out to Willow LathamPlanner, 201-547-4428wlatham@jcnj.org

    2016.02.08 Restaurant Overlay Zone 2016_2.pdf

    2016.02.08 Restaurant Overlay Zone 2016_1B.pdf

  • 25 Jan 2016 11:28 AM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    Newport Associates would like to lower the parking ratio to their next 10th Street embankment building (The Revetment Building).  The redevelopment plan requires a 1 to 1 parking ratio.  They are proposing 96 parking spots for the 163 units in the building.  That's an on-site parking ratio of .58 per unit.  Through a shuffling of parking spots Newport Associates would like the majority of the people in The Embankment Building to use a lot on the other side of 11th Street.  The Revetment Building would then be allowed to rent parking spots in the The Embankment Building.  By doing this, on paper, Newport Associates can say that the parking ratio is higher.

    It wasn't too long ago that past HPNA board members worked with the city to solidify having 1 to 1 parking and items such as dog runs for these buildings.  Newport Associates/LeFrak agreed to those items and they were placed into the redevelopment plan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/14/realestate/postings-lefrak-begins-building-west-its-newport-waterfront-complex-153-rentals.html


    2016.01.14 310 10th Street Revetment Drawings.pdf

    This change will go before the planning board on 2/23.  All are welcome to speak.

    Please check the homepage of our website for updates.

    You can also email your city representatives.

    Bob Cotter (head of planning), MaryAnn Bucci (planning), Councilwoman Osborne, Councilman at Large Rolando Lavarro, and the HPNA

    bobbyc@jcnj.orgmaryannb@jcnj.orgcosborne@jcnj.org

    RLavarro@jcnj.orghpnajc@gmail.com

    2007.01.09 Resolution of the Planning Board for Newport Associates.pdf

    2013.02.13 Jersey Ave Tenth St RDP Amd2.pdf

    2014.01.31 270 Tenth Street amendments.pdf

    2014.06.30 270 Tenth Street Public Notice Request to Lower Parking Ratio.pdf

    2014.07.08 270 10th St Amended final resolution.pdf

    2016.01.14 310 Tenth Street Public Notice Request to Lower Parking Ratio.pdf

  • 20 Jan 2016 1:28 PM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)
    Free youth (boys and girls k-8) lacrosse clinics at MS4 6:30 to 8pm on 2/10 and 2/17, and at PS15 on 2/9 and 2/11 5 to 7pm. No equipment or experience needed!


    http://jerseycitylacrosse.org/


  • 05 Jan 2016 9:07 PM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    Put the tree out Wednesday night

    Curbside Christmas Tree Collection Schedule for the year 2016

    • JANUARY 07, 2016
    • JANUARY 14, 2016
    • JANUARY 21, 2016
    • JANUARY 28, 2016

    Christmas trees must be free of ornaments and/or lights and placed curbside Wednesday night between the hours of 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM for Thursday's collection. Once curbside, any and all bags must be removed from tree. 

    WREATHS AND/OR ARTIFICIAL TREES WILL NOT BE COLLECTED WITH CHRISTMAS TREES. PLEASE PLACE THESE ITEMS CURBSIDE WITH YOUR REGULAR GARBAGE.
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    For additional information please call 201-432-4645 EXT. 2620.

    http://www.jciaonline.org/xmas.php


  • 17 Dec 2015 9:50 AM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)
     There's a new Retail furniture and decor shop located at 150 Bay St. They can also wrap and ship the gifts for you.



  • 05 Dec 2015 5:26 PM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    Dear Resident,

    Please be advised that the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) engaged the services of J.F. Creamer & Sons Construction Company to replace the combined sewer in 6th Street between Monmouth Street to Manila.

    We  anticipate  that  the  project  will  start  the  beginning  of  January  and  will  take approximately  6 months to complete .

    If you have any questions/concerns please contact the JCMUA Engineering Department at (20I ) 209-0319 .

    Rich Haytus, Senior Engineer 

    Kuti Roedema, JCMUA Engineer

    We thank you in advance for your patience.

    JERSEY CITY MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY

    555 ROUTE #440JERSEY CITY, NEW J ERSEY 07305 

    TEL: (20 I ) 432-1 150 ·FAX: (20 I ) 432- 1576




  • 26 Oct 2015 11:20 AM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)


    A Letter From Mark Redfield, Director, Department of Public Works:

    As the winter months approach, we are aware of the difficulties that many Jersey City residents face when it snows. Senior citizens are among those who are the most affected by harsh weather conditions and the physical toll that often accompanies shoveling snow. Unfortunately, many seniors have no one to assist them and are not able to afford professional services. This has an enormous impact on the quality of life for all Jersey City residents. That is why I have been working on assembling a volunteer-driven initiative called: JC Shovels.

    JC Shovels aims to recruit a team of volunteers City-wide to assist in the shoveling of low- income, elderly home-owners who face physical restrictions that impair their ability to remove snow from their property. Our hope is to have Neighborhood and Block Associations, Park groups, and High School students to assist us with the execution of this important initiative so that it can be as successful as possible.

    Attached you will find a volunteer form. We ask that all interested volunteers fill out the form in its entirety and return to us by November 2nd so that we can better understand how many volunteers we have and how many qualifying seniors we can serve this winter season. Please feel free to direct any additional inquiries to Patrick Ambrossi and Cynthia Slaughter at pambrossivista@jcnj.org and cslaughtervista@jcnj.org. We look forward to working with you to insure a better quality of life for all Jersey City Residents.

    CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM




  • 26 Oct 2015 11:09 AM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    Neighborhood Cats using Trap-Neuter-Return

    From Neighborhood Cats:

    If you live or work in the city's 07302 zip code and need assistance with community cats there, Neighborhood Cats wants to help. We've just launched a targeted Trap-Neuter-Return project in 07302 and will be fixing 1,000 feral and stray cats in that area. To request TNR help for cats in your 07302 neighborhood, please contact Jade Vasquez, 201-204-8514jade@neighborhoodcats.org. Or Call our JC hotline # 800-544-0474
    Note! - We anticipate heavy demand so please be patient; we will respond to all inquiries and will address colonies as our resources allow.
    This project is funded by a generous grant from PetSmart Charities.

    About Neighborhood Cats

    Www.neighborhoodcats.org

    Jade Vazquez, listed above manages the Jersey City/Hudson County chapter of Neighborhood Cats. Neighborhood Cats is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. 


    Neighborhood Cats believes Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is   the most humane and effective method available to end the severe feral cat overpopulation crisis faced by this country. Our mission is to make TNR fully understood, accepted   and practiced in every community.

    To accomplish our goals, we work on both the local  and national levels. In New York City, where we are based, we have guided the development of one of the most comprehensive community TNR programs in operation today. To promote TNR throughout the United States and beyond, we have created award-winning educational materials, including books, videos and online courses. We host the leading website in the field, present at conferences and seminars throughout the country, and regularly collaborate   with other organizations to develop new materials and tools. 

    Tens of millions of cats living on the streets and struggling to survive is today’s reality. Neighborhood Cats is determined to make sure the same is not true tomorrow.


  • 01 Oct 2015 3:01 PM | Kirsten Greene (Administrator)

    JC Families has published the JC Education Guide 2015-2016 which can be seen here.

Address: 344 Grove St. PMB #166, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: +1 (201) 589-0750

Email: hpnajc@gmail.com

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