Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: 'No vote tonight on Stevens upzoning'

Official release:

 
Dear friends and neighbors:  
Tonight (7/25) at 7pm we are having a Special Meeting of the City Council.  A point of clarity that we were made aware of today about tonight's meeting:
  • We will not be voting on the ordinance in the form originally heard on 1st reading by the City Council on 7/11.
  • We will also not be voting on any amended version of the ordinance tonight either. 
 
I am told that we will be hearing from the City and Stevens on the proposed zoning changes and the council and the public will be allowed to ask questions of the administration and Stevens representatives.  Amendments that have been discussed between the Administration, Stevens and members of City Council will be raised and recommended - these include the height reduction in the edge zone from 200' to 160' and the reduction in building in the new CPT zone, as I previously mentioned.   
 
A vote on the ordinance will take place at another meeting subject to official notice.
 
If you cannot make in person tonight, you can watch online HERE.  I am told there will be a new button to click at the top of the page that will only be available when the meeting is live.  We are expected to add Facebook Live coverage at the 8/1 meeting.
 
As mentioned previously, we are hoping to have the 1st reading of an ordinance codifying the Master Plan Re-Exam recommendations for the Waterfront Area including the Stevens owned parcels at the 8/1 meeting.  Effectively the re-exam recommended that the entire area be limited to recreational uses only, except for maritime educational purposes.  Codifying this sooner than later is also in response to feedback we received from residents expressing concerns about locking in plans for our waterfront in conjunction with the Stevens re-zoning.
 
Also, I wanted to let you know that I will only be at tonight's Special Meeting for the first hour.  
 
I had a conflict tonight from 7-9pm that I was going to miss altogether, but given there is now not going to be a vote tonight, I will attend for the first hour but will leave just before 8 to attend my other meeting for the second half of it.  What I will miss is the presentation from our Hoboken Parking Utility Director Ryan Sharp on new plans for the HPU that are pretty interesting for the City.  I have seen the presentation in subcommittee already and am very much looking forward to hearing your feedback.  
As always, feel free to reach out if you want to discuss further by email or by phone 201/208-1674.
 
TiffanieFisher
Hoboken City Council, 2nd Ward
 
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