Monthly Archives: February 2012

Public Draft of Newark’s River Public Access & Redevelopment Plan

We are happy to release the public draft of Newark’s River: A Public Access & Redevelopment Plan.

This plan updates Newark’s municipal development regulations along five miles of the city’s Passaic Riverfront. It replaces fifty-year-old zoning regulations primarily planned for industrial uses and lacking specific riverfront provisions with a legal framework that allows new uses and mixes of uses, consolidates design standards to create valuable urban places, and provides for public access as required by federal and state law.

Download the draft plan here (PDF, 17 mb).

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 6 pm, there will be a public information session at Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, first floor rotunda. Please RSVP to (973) 733-3917 or newarkriverfront [at]

Questions and comments on the draft are requested by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2012 to the email or postal address below. For ease of communication, please reference the page number(s) your comment addresses.

Damon Rich, Chief Urban Designer
City of Newark
920 Broad Street Room 407
Newark, NJ 07102
richda [at]

After the comment period ends, a revised draft will be submitted for approval to the Newark Central Planning Board and the Newark Municipal Council.

For additional background, see the following:
Newark Riverfront Progress Report, August 2010
Draft Proposal: Newark Riverfront Development Framework, January 2010
Making the Rules for Riverfront Development: The Workbook, October 2009

Friends of Riverfront Park launch!

On February 2, 28 people came together in Riverbank Park Fieldhouse for the first meeting of Friends of Riverfront Park.

This group will work to fill the park with positive activity, ensure public safety, and make sure that everyone in Newark has a reason to come to check out the city’s newest parks as soon as they are open. Meetings will be monthly, with more frequent committee meetings. To get involved, email us.

Download the 2/2/12 agenda and hand-outs here (3 mb).

Essex County Parks System Director Dan Salvante answers questions.