Monthly Archives: September 2013

Newark Riverfront Zoning Approved by Municipal Council

We are happy to announce that the Newark Municipal Council adopted Newark’s River: Public Access & Redevelopment Plan (20 mb)  by unanimous vote on August 7, 2013, and the new development regulations become effective September 19, 2013. 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. Following the release of the public draft on February 27, 2012, a public information session was held at Newark City Hall on March 13, and public comments were collected until March 26. The following draft, released on June 4, 2012,  included many small changes made in response to these comments. A public hearing on this plan was held by the Newark Central Planning Board on Monday, June 11, 2012. The following revision, dated April 20, 2013, including minor textual and graphic clarifications, was submitted for consideration by the Municipal Council.

For additional background, see the following:

Download a synopsis of public comments & responses here (PDF, 150 kb)
Newark Riverfront Progress Report, August 2010
Draft Proposal: Newark Riverfront Development Framework, January 2010
Making the Rules for Riverfront Development: The Workbook, October 2009

September Fridays: Newark Riverfront Music at the Orange Sticks

For the next three Fridays, come enjoy the city’s newest park and the sounds of Newark music and musicians.


Newark Riverfront Music at the Orange Sticks
At the river along Raymond Blvd between Van Buren & Somme Sts
Just a 10-minute walk from Newark Penn Station
Or take the #1 bus to Ferry & Fillmore, then walk 1 block east to Somme and 2 blocks north to Raymond to enter the park.
Bring blankets & lawnchairs for maximum relaxation!

September 13, 7-9 pm
Jazz R&B featuring Melectrix

September 20, 7-9 pm
Gospel and other styles featuring the Symphony Hall Special Ensemble

September 27, 7-9 pm
House featuring DJ Omar Abdallah

Download flyer.

Labor Day Weekend Port Newark Tour

Our first special boat tours of Port Newark were popular.

12  13We launched from the new boat dock in Newark Riverfront Park.

Thanks to special guests Robert Jenkins, Senior Marine Terminals Operations Representative at the Port Authority and Drew Curtis from Ironbound Community Corporation.

3  5LEFT On the far right, the orange juice concentrate building, just right of the cement silos.
RIGHT Unloading Belgian Blocks, also known as cobblestones. These came from South America, not Belgium.

4  6Captain Bill of Hackensack Riverkeeper points out some boat terminology.

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Tanks for edible oils, with a small refinery.

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The Newark Bay Bridge in the foreground carries the NJ Turnpike Extension, the Lehigh Valley Railroad Bridge in the background carries trains in and out of the port.