Planning Board Agenda and Transcripts 2014

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December 10,2014
January 7, 2014AgendaTranscript
January 15, 2014AgendaCancelled
February 4, 2014AgendaTranscript
February 12, 2014AgendaMinutes
March 4, 2014
March 12, 2014AgendaTranscript
April 1, 2014AgendaTranscript
April 9, 2014
May 6, 2014AgendaTranscript
May 14, 2014
June 3, 2014AgendaTranscript
June 11, 2014Agenda Cancelled
July 1, 2014AgendaTranscript
July 9, 2014Agenda Cancelled
August 5, 2014Agenda Cancelled
September 2, 2014Agenda Cancelled
September 10,2014AgendaCancelled
October 7, 2014AgendaTranscript
October 8, 2014
November 6, 2014AgendaTranscript
November 12, 2014
Agenda Minutes
December 2, 2014AgendaTranscript

Public Invited to Provide Feedback on Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan


On Thursday, October 13th, the City hosted the second community meeting to discuss the Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan. The presentation slides for the meeting can be viewed at:

The Redevelopment Plan concepts are based on the expansion of the Southwest Park as a centerpiece, preservation of urban manufacturing and commercial uses, creation of new neighborhood retail and a hotel, establishment of mixed use neighborhoods, and construction of a parking garage.

Members of the public who were unable to attend can provide their feedback until Wednesday, October 26th by completing the online survey at:

Hoboken Police Department to Launch “Walk Safe Hoboken” Pedestrian Safety Enforcement & Education Campaign

The Hoboken Police Department has received a $16,000 grant from the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety in Hoboken.

The grant will fund the 2017 Pedestrian Safety Program – Walk Safe Hoboken, a program aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions involving pedestrians. The grant provides funding for traffic enforcement and educational material to be utilized during the police department’s school and community presentations.

The police department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau has recognized the need for increased enforcement and awareness regarding pedestrian safety. “Walk Safe Hoboken” will begin this month and culminate in May 2017. The program will provide educational presentations to local schools and the enforcement of motor vehicle laws throughout the city. Officers will stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and in addition will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving.

As pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk when crossing the street also will be stopped as part of the program. Urging pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of their surroundings can save lives.

Hoboken Police Officers will focus their enforcement efforts at commonly used crosswalks as well as school zones. For information regarding “Walk Safe Hoboken,” the public is advised to contact Lieutenant John Petrosino or Sergeant William Montanez of the Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In Hoboken, the ballot will include:

  • 3 Trustees for the Hoboken Board of Education
  • U.S. President and Vice President
  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives
  • County Sheriff
  • County Register

The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is Tuesday, October 18, 2016. To register to vote:

1. Download and complete the Voter Registration Application: English | Spanish

2. Mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application to
Office of the Superintendent of Elections
257 Cornelison Ave., 4th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Forms can also be dropped off at the Hoboken City Clerk office located in City Hall at 94 Washington Street. The office will be open until 9:00pm on Friday, October 14, Monday, October 17, and Tuesday, October 18.

Any voter registered in New Jersey can vote absentee by mail. A voter may vote by mail by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot and returning the application to the County Clerk’s Office. To receive your ballot by mail, the application must be received by the County Clerk 7 days prior to the election. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

Hudson County Clerk
257 Cornelison Ave., 4th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Use this link to check if you are registered to vote.

Find your polling place by using this online search tool.

Hoboken Terminal Area Reconfigured to Accommodate Increased Pedestrian Volumes as Partial Rail Service Resumes on Monday

The City of Hoboken is working with NJ Transit to facilitate increased pedestrian traffic and new pedestrian routes through the Hoboken Terminal area in anticipation of the partial restoration of rail service to the terminal on Monday, October 10th. The southern sidewalk along Hudson Place will serve as a primary route to access the terminal via the Ferry Terminal entrance.

To safely accommodate the anticipated pedestrian volumes, prevent overcrowding, and ensure the public can safely access the PATH and heavy rail, the sidewalk along Hudson Place has been reconfigured to widen the walking area. The anticipated increased pedestrian volumes will be accommodated by shifting the bike parking and temporarily relocating the taxi stand to the west side of Hudson Street until full access to the terminal is restored. Bicycle parking will be prohibited along the south side of the Hudson Place sidewalk.

The Hop shuttle pickup and dropoff location remains on River Street between Hudson Place and Newark Street. The resident shuttle pickup location is on the east side of Hudson Street south of Hudson Place and dropoff is permitted on Hudson Place. These changes will remain in effect until full access is restored to Hoboken Terminal.

Please see the full announcement below from NJ Transit regarding partial service restoration.


Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines to return to Hoboken on weekday schedule with adjustments

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will reopen a portion of Hoboken Terminal to commuter rail service for the start of service on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Cross-honoring will continue on Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers ONLY.

A section of the terminal suffered extensive damage following a train accident September 29. Due to the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, debris removal and safety concerns, the entire Hoboken Terminal was placed out of service.

Beginning with the first train Monday morning, NJ TRANSIT will reopen Tracks 10-17 for rail service. Tracks 1-9 will remain out of service until further notice as repair work in that section of the terminal continues.

When the partial reopening occurs, Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Line trains will return to a weekday schedule, with some adjustments, to and from Hoboken. Select express trains will be eliminated and certain other trains will be combined. Customers are urged to go to for more specific information after 10 p.m. tonight.

On the Montclair-Boonton Line, trains originating west of Montclair State University (MSU), including from Denville will operate into Hoboken, with additional stops east of MSU.

Most Gladstone Branch trains to Hoboken will be restored.

North Jersey Coast Line and Raritan Valley Line trains scheduled to terminate in Hoboken will continue to terminate at Newark Penn Station.

Because rail service will be modified in and out of the terminal, other NJ TRANSIT bus, rail and light rail services may experience crowding conditions and delays.

As repair work continues at the terminal, customers are advised to stay clear of all work areas.

The Hoboken Terminal waiting room, Customer Service office and restrooms will be open. In addition, there will be limited Ticket Vending Machines located in the waiting room. Customers are urged to download the NJ TRANSIT App and sign up for MyTix to purchase their tickets.

NJ TRANSIT bus, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, PATH and NY Waterway also continue to operate in and out of Hoboken on their regular routes and schedules.

NJ TRANSIT would like to thank its customers for their continued patience and support.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for October

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for July is now available.

Community Invited to Southwest Redevelopment Public Meeting

The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to a second community meeting to discuss the Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will begin with a presentation of several proposed concept plans, which incorporate feedback from an online survey, a prior community meeting, and a workshop with property owners.

The Redevelopment Plan concepts are based on the expansion of the Southwest Park as a centerpiece, preservation of urban manufacturing and commercial uses, creation of new neighborhood retail and a hotel, establishment of mixed use neighborhoods, and construction of a parking garage.

Hoboken Reaches Agreement With BASF to Purchase 6 Acre Property for Hoboken’s Largest Park

The City of Hoboken has reached an agreement with BASF to purchase their 6.1 acre property in northwest Hoboken for $30 million which will be presented to the Council for approval. The City intends to use the property to create a 5.4 acre “resiliency park” along with an above-ground parking garage on a smaller adjacent lot.

The new park, to be designed with at least 1 million gallons of underground stormwater detention to help alleviate local flooding, would be the largest park in Hoboken. Currently, Hoboken’s largest park is Pier A with an area of 4.8 acres.

“This project is the latest example of my commitment to providing quality park space for every neighborhood,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While in the last 20 years, almost all of Hoboken’s major new parks have been built along our waterfront, the western side of our city still has very little open space. Along with the southwest park under construction and the new park at 7th and Jackson to be built soon, I am extremely pleased that we are on track to create three new major resiliency parks in western Hoboken that will also help to alleviate flooding.”

As part of securing a low-interest loan from the State, the City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street) to hear the community’s input on the land acquisition. Residents are invited to attend and provide their input on the purchase of the land for a resiliency park.

On Wednesday, October 5th, the City Council will consider three ordinances related to the purchase of the property. One ordinance would authorize the mayor to sign the agreement that the administration has negotiated with BASF and has presented to the Council for the acquisition of the property and a down payment of $3 million. Two other bond ordinances for $19.5 million and $2.65 million to supplement a prior bond ordinance would be used to acquire the property for the park and parking garage, respectively.

A design has not yet been determined for the park. A full community-based public planning process will take place to develop plans for the park once the property has been acquired. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park and to channel stormwater runoff to the new underground detention system and out to the Hudson River.

Hoboken Terminal Crash Transportation Update

PATH service has resumed to Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit buses are operating to Hoboken Terminal. NJ Transit trains are not in operation at this time. Only buses and resident shuttles are permitted to drive into the terminal area. The taxi stand has been relocated to Washington Street between Observer Highway and Newark Street.

The Hop and resident shuttle dropoff/pickup location has been temporarily relocated to Hudson Place between Hudson Street and River Street. NJ Transit is providing shuttle service between Secaucus and Hoboken. The shuttle will pick up on River Street between Newark Street and Hudson Place. Uber Pool is offering free rides between Secaucus Junction and Hoboken until 8:00pm.

Below is NJ Transit’s service plan for the evening commute.

NEWARK, NJ —  NJ TRANSIT has announced service plans for the afternoon of September 29th, 2016 following a commuter train accident at Hoboken Terminal.  All rail service into and out of Hoboken Terminal remains suspended.  All Hudson Bergen Light Rail service into and out of Hoboken station remains suspended.

For the afternoon, NJ TRANSIT will be expanding bus, rail and light rail service to make up for the closure of Hoboken Terminal.
Beginning at approximately 4 p.m. the following service will be in effect:

  • Main, Bergen, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines will operate on a modified weekend schedule originating/terminating in Secaucus.  Buses will shuttle customers from Hoboken to Secaucus Junction on a load and go basis. Customers will be directed to this service by ambassadors wearing safety vests.
  • Customers who need to access Secaucus are urged to take trains from New York Penn Station.
  • Morris & Essex Line, Gladstone Branch and Montclair-Boonton Line will be limited service for points west of Montclair State University and west of Dover.
  • Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line (New York service only), Raritan Valley, MidTOWN DIRECT and Atlantic City rail lines will all operate on normal weekday schedulesPlease note: MidTOWN DIRECT service will make additional stops east of Summit.

Customers may experience overcrowding and possible delays caused by congestion.

Metro North Service for Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Customers

  • Metro-North will provide alternate bus service during the PM Peak on Thursday, September 29 for Pascack Valley Line and Port Jervis Line customers as follows:

For Pascack Valley Line (PVL) and Suffern, Sloatsburg, Tuxedo & Harriman customers:

  • Take Hudson Line Train Service to Tarrytown Station for connecting bus service to all PVL stations and Suffern, Sloatsburg, Tuxedo & Harriman stations. Buses will meet trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 3:43 PM and 8:33 PM.

For Port Jervis Line (PJL) customers between Harriman and Port Jervis Stations:

  • Take Hudson Line Train Service to Beacon Station for connecting bus service to all stations between Harriman and Port Jervis stations. Buses will meet trains departing Grand Central Terminal between 3:48 PM and 8:29 PM.

Metro-North is honoring all PVL and PJL rail tickets until further notice.

For schedule information go to:



  • Extra service on the 126 line between Hoboken and Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York.
  • Customers may need to use a temporary bus terminal in Hoboken pending the availability of the bus plaza.  Customers will be notified where to get the service.


Light Rail

  • All Hudson Bergen Light Rail service remains suspended into and out of Hoboken.
  • 8th Street to Hoboken trains will terminate at Newport Station.
  • Tonnelle Avenue to Hoboken trains will terminate at 2nd Street station.
  • Westside Avenue to Tonnelle Avenue trains are not impacted.

Hoboken Selected to Compete In Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge

The City of Hoboken is one of seven municipalities selected for the Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge program. The Solar Challenge towns are: Galloway Township, Highland Park, City of Hoboken, Hopewell Township, Maplewood Township, Verona Township and Woodbridge Township.

Hoboken will receive a $3,000 grant and technical support to set up a local Solar Challenge which is a custom online solar marketplace for local businesses and homeowners, located at The participating municipalities will compete for the title of Solar Challenge Champion and a range of awards including a $10,000 first prize.

Randall Solomon, co-director of Sustainable Jersey said, “Finding a contractor to install a still evolving solar technology, with a confusing array of incentives and financing options, has emerged as a significant barrier to the growth of solar energy. Sustainable Jersey launched this program to overcome obstacles and provide a simple, cost effective way for municipalities to engage homeowners and small businesses in adopting solar.”

“Solar energy could save property owners and tenants thousands of dollars per year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Modern solar inverter technology can even provide emergency or backup power during power outages, and it is now easier than ever to go solar in Hoboken. We are pleased to partner with EnergySage to offer our residents and businesses an easy-to-use online marketplace where they can compare quotes for cost effective solar technologies from pre-screened installers.”

To get started and request quotes from multiple vendors, visit

“Since we installed the solar array on our condo building (151 2nd Street), the association has been able to save thousands of dollars on electric bills, enabling us to maintain a low maintenance fee and even build reserves quicker to pay for other improvements,” said Hoboken resident Jochen Spengler.

The Hoboken Green Team will be promoting the solar challenge throughout Hoboken. Read the rest of this entry »