2014 Riverfront Sneak Preview: 3/20/14

Last year, Newark continued its proud return to the river with the opening of the Orange Boardwalk as part of Riverfront Park Segment 2. Working since 2008 with many committed partners, Newark Riverfront Revival works to bring every Newarker to visit their river. We organize free and low-cost activities like concerts, tours, environmental workshops, movies, public art, public exercise and sports to draw Newarkers and visitors from across the City.

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With the support of major new funders like the National Endowment for the Arts, it appears that 2014 could be Newark’s most memorable summer on the river! You are invited to a 2014 Newark Riverfront Sneak Preview on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6 pm. In the historic atrium of City Hall, hear from Newark Riverfront Revival staff and partners about what’s in store down by the river.

This summer, we want every Newarker to visit their river. We need your help to accomplish our goal: how do we get every Newarker down to the water? How do we get the word out? How can we make it an easy choice for people living and working in the five wards and nearby?

Thurs, March 20, 2014
6 pm
Newark City Hall (Green St Entrance)
First Floor Rotunda
920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Refreshments will be served!

Download flyer here.

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New York Times shouts out Newark Planning

“Mr. Meier’s firm worked closely with Newark’s planning department, which was rezoning the city. City planners didn’t want a wall of towers lining narrow streets and limited the height of buildings along Halsey Street to 60 feet; buildings facing the street are designed to a residential scale of four stories, some rising to six in setbacks.”

“Richard Meier Is Now Focusing on New Jersey Projects,” New York Times, 1/24/14

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Newark Zoning Info Sessions at City Hall 1/15 & 1/23

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Who makes decisions about what gets built in Newark?
What voice do residents and neighbors have in the process?
 
You are invited to attend a 2-hour information sessions offered by the Newark Planning Office introducing the draft Newark Zoning & Land Use Regulations (NZLUR), the first comprehensive rewrite of these regulations in Newark in over 50 years.
 
Two sessions of the same workshop
Wednesday, January 15, 6–8 pm
Thursday, January 23, 6–8 pm
Newark City Hall
920 Broad Street, First Floor Rotunda
RSVP requested to Ms. Roberts at (973) 733-3917 or robertsm@ci.newark.nj.us
 
If you’ve wondered how decisions are made about what gets built in Newark, this session will begin to answer your questions and prepare you to participate and represent your neighborhood in the discussion as the NZLUR is refined and eventually presented to the Central Planning Board and Municipal Council for adoption into law.
 
The NZLUR set the rules for what may be built in Newark and where, serving as the “operating system” for the city’s development. While numerous smaller changes have been made to the regulations since the last comprehensive revision in 1966, much of the code has grown out of date and out of touch with the city and its development.
 
The current draft of the NZLUR aims to modernize and simplify the regulations while ensuring that the document better equips citizens of Newark to participate in and build the city Newarkers want.
 
The draft NZLUR may be downloaded here or examined at the main library and branches of the Newark Public Library.
 

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Friends of Parks / Central Ward Zoning Workshop

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Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s workshop at the HELP Genesis Apartments in Clinton Hill! 21 residents made it out to discuss zoning with Planning Director Damon Rich and Food Policy Director Elizabeth Reynoso. Respect to Donna Kirkland, Dorothy Kauer and Dr. Hanaa Hamdi of Rutgers NJ Medical School for convening the group, which brought together Central and South Ward residents interested in parks and urban agriculture.

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