Mid-Summer Community Meeting Aug. 9th, 730p

Jersey City circa 1838
Jersey City circa 1838

Please join us August 9th, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Departed Soles Tasting Room, 150 Bay Street for a community gathering.

  • Planning Director Annisia Cialone introduction – She’ll go over her overall approach and changes to be made to the City Planning office
  • Brian Platt, Director of the Jersey City Office of Innovation. Their team is currently focusing efforts on storm water management with the goals of reducing local flooding and pollution of our water ways but also of easing pressure on our aging sewers. He will talk about the variety of short, medium, and long term initiatives. And also answer any general questions about the city’s initiatives.
  • Ward E Candidates Introduction, https://www.jcprogressives.com/who-is-running/ – come with questions after meeting adjourns.Attending on Wednesday August 9th.
    Michael Billy Bisogno
    Padraic “Packy” Dugan
    Jake Hudnut
    James Solomon
    Rebecca SymesUnable to attend:
    Nicholas Grillo
    Madeleine Giansanti Cag
  • Join a committee! Arts Projects / Construction / Development / open to suggestions

Spread the word and we’ll see you there!

Become a member of PADNA – your $ goes towards events and communication. http://www.padnajc.org/become-a-member/


August 16th: Tax Reval Meeting at City Hall

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There will be a special session on the tax reval at City Hall on August 16th at 7PM at for residents of Powerhouse Arts District and other new buildings along the waterfront/Exchange Place & Liberty Harbor area.  The buildings in these areas have special concerns since many are in various points in their tax abatement and will therefore may see effects from the reval.
Representatives from the reval company as well as the City will be there to present, discuss, and answer questions on the tax reval.
WHEN:  Wednesday August 16th, 7PM
WHERE:  City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 280 Grove St. Jersey City
CALL TO ACTION:  As key contacts in these buildings/neighborhoods, I ask that you please distribute this invite freely.  This is a great opportunity for residents/owners to get their questions and concerns addressed.

First Street Streetscape (Marin Blvd > Provost Street)

ALL Ordinances were approved – should take affect in the next month or so. The city will be striping the pavement to show parallel spaces and parking prohibited areas along the south side of First Street.

Ordinances (17-075, 76, 77, 78, 79, 85) have been drafted & reviewed by City Council. The First Reading vote was the usual (9-0) last week (6/14) and this Wednesday the Second Reading (6/28) will happen – and this is when the public can come out and support, question or voice their opinions. You don’t have to speak, but can show up in a group to show your support or objections.

Complete Ordinance wording – Ordinances_17-75_76_77_79_85

Basically these ordinances entail:

Ord. 17-075 “Electric Vehicle Zone”: this creates a new type of parking zone reserved only for vehicles that are plugged in and charging.

Ord. 17-076: “Angle Parking North Side of First”: authorizes angle parking on the north side of first street (currently illegal)

Ord. 17-077: “No Parking Opposite Loading Zone”: prohibits parking in the angle parking spaces across from the loading dock so when trucks back in cars can still safely drive around them

Ord. 17-078: “Establish Loading Dock”: authorizes no parking in front of the loading dock on first street

Ord. 17-079: “Zone 4 Revisions”: Clarifies changes where Zone 4 Permit Parking exists, specifically on First Street where EV charging stations are installed.

Ord. 17-085: “Franchise Amendment” Reduce term from 99 years to 20 years or less. Revert up to 12 parking spaces back to general public. Location of those spaces was shifted to better accommodate the location of a specialized type of charger that has already been installed (DC Supercharge). Eight angle parking spaces will be will be included in the Zone 4 Permit Parking Program and also open to the electric vehicle charging vehicles.  The next 8 angle parking spaces will be exclusively for electric charging vehicles, as this is where the DC Supercharge is located.  Last 4 spaces near Provost Street will be Zone 4 Permit Parking Program and also open to the electric vehicle charging vehicles (No Parking 8a-5p M-F, Ord. 17-077). It will allow the city to ticket and tow from these spaces as well.

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Over 80% of those surveyed on facebook and Nextdoor were OK to return a portion back to Zone 4 Permit & Public parking until demand changes.


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I think we all want the Electric Vehicle (EV) concept to succeed (launched June 2014), but at this time the spaces are still unused after 3 years and many times a nuisance (illegal parking from those outside the neighborhood, especially late night drinking) – action needed to be taken.
1 – To point out that all 20 spaces are NOT being used. Over a year went by after EV “Zipcar” moved out, leaving 6 more spaces empty. Developer’s Greenspot started to advertise “Maven” EV car-sharing late last fall, launching with only two cars, currently up to three cars.
2 – To get the city to understand that research and planning should have happened to make it succeed. These proposed ordinances are clarifying the rules and to return some of the parking back to public parking, but exclusive EV spaces can be re-activated as the proven need arises.
Personally, I also would encourage Greenspot to move/spread these electric charging stations to other neighborhoods to give others the opportunity close tho them use public EV charging and give “EV in JC” a chance.
If someone wants to speak about something else in general, they may call the clerk to be added to the public speakers list, which grants them the 5 minute window to talk about anything and everything in front of the city council.  To sign up for Public Speaking: Call the City Clerk’s Office, no later than 5:00PM on the day of the meeting. (but only between 9am and 4pm): 201-547-5150. Thank you!!

Plan 2045 – NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan

NJTPA is working on their long-range regional plan – Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey.  And they have various outreach efforts underway.

The outreach event for Jersey City will be at the Journal Square Farmers Market on Friday, May 19th from 11am to 7pm.

Please share this information with your neighbors. Also feel free to forward along.  Take the survey at njtpa.org/plan2045 and to share the link with as many people as possible. The survey will be live until the end of June.



Continue reading Plan 2045 – NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan