Wed 2/4 12:30 pm Municipal Council Hearing & Final Vote to Adopt Zoning

Over the last 2 years, hundreds of Newarkers have been involved in the massive effort to overhaul Newark’s zoning for the first time since the 1950s: hosting and attending Newark Zoning Workshops, providing comments on draft zoning, and participating in other ways to make the proposed zoning & land use regulations best reflect the city that Newarkers want.

UPDATE! NZLUR was adopted by the Newark Municipal Council on 2/4/15.

Next Wednesday, February 4, at 12:30 pm, the Municipal Council is scheduled to hold the 2nd reading & final vote on adopting the results of these labors: the Newark Zoning & Land Use Regulations, or NZLUR (pronounced NUZZ-LER).

While the meeting falls mid-day, all interested in ensuring a positive outcome are encouraged to attend & provide testimony.

Newark Zoning & Land Use Regulations Council Hearing & Final Vote
Wednesday February 4, 12:30 pm
Newark City Hall Council Chambers
920 Broad Street 2nd floor

Newark Zoning & Land Use Requlations (NZLUR) Quick Facts

NZLUR contains rules governing the uses and design of buildings in Newark as well as regulations for many other parts of Newark’s built environment such as landscaping, parking lots, fences, signs, and storm water management. Newark’s zoning has not been comprehensively revised since the 1950s, but many things have changed in the past 60 years. NZLUR simplifies and modernizes the way Newark’s zoning deals with the uses of buildings. It eliminates out-of-date uses like leather tanneries and pool halls and consolidates many others based on what Newark residents and businesspeople have said creates development conflicts. NZLUR also proposes common-sense standards for how new buildings will be designed. These ideas grow from the successful 2009 “Box & Beyond” implementation of zoning reforms for Newark’s most common building types, two- and three-family houses, which focused on improving the quality and safety of Newark’s streets by setting standards for windows, front set-backs, and the location of primary entrances that keep eyes on the street.

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

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
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


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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Lower Broadway Zoning Workshop

Thanks to the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association and the Wynona Lippman Community Center for hosting last night’s zoning workshop. The group was particularly interested in how zoning affects design. Should zoning regulate the location of parking lots, blank walls, and fence height?

Residents discuss which uses should be permitted beside the river.

Residents discuss which uses should be permitted beside the river.


Should zoning regulate front yard design? 

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Clinton Hill Zoning Workshop

Thanks to the Clinton Hill Block Association for hosting a zoning workshop at the Clinton Hill Resource Center. Participants discussed and debated topics including whether surface parking lots should be permitted along commercial corridors and how buildings should address the public right of way.


Should zoning regulate building height?


How much impervious surface would you allow in front of a 1 family home on your residential block?

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