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Old Posted Feb 10, 2015, 8:28 AM
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Massive Changes were approved for the zoning in Newark...the first revision since 1957...

+ NZLUR increased the number of zoning districts from 12 to 19 to provide each neighborhood a custom fit
+ Adjusts regulations in response to articulated community agendas: for example, to prevent undesirable teardowns of historic homes in Clinton Hill and to control difficult-to-accommodate multifamily conversions in Roseville & Forest Hill, and set a four-story height for large portions of the Ironbound.
+ Adds tailored special use zones for areas of the city occupied by major hospitals and airport support functions.
+ Restores dedicated residential zoning to area like 11th, 12th & 13th Avenues.
+ Creates new buffer zone between to protect Ironbound residences from noxious industrial uses.
+ Provides updated & clearer definitions for building uses. For example, “Eating and Drinking Establishments” are now distinguished between “Sit-Down” and “Take-Out” so residents & developers have clearer expectations of development. Also provides more detail and categorization for industrial uses to clearly identify uses associated with resident health concerns.
+ Provides modernized parking requirements, no longer one-size-fits-all. Commercial parking regulations have been refined according to actual needs.
+ We have increased and modernized the conditional use list of uses that have higher standards to meet, often uses that seen by some as nuisances such as a truck wash or body art studio.
+ Updates development fees so developers cover a fairer share of the costs of development review, the first update since 1996.
+ Creates heightened noticing requirements for development applications to better inform the public. For example, a simple notice of development application will be posted at proposed development sites, and applicants will no longer be able to carry applications for long periods without having to renotice property owners.
+ Provides more common-sense guidance on building design based on building types, along with illustrated design standards.
+ Uses “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” strategies such as minimum street-facing windows on new buildings and controls for transparency and visibility for front-yard fences.
+ Increases minimum required landscaping for parking lots & industrial sites.
+ Creates limits on impervious coverage for all building types to lessen combined sewer overflows.
+ Specifically permits desirable uses such as community gardens & urban agriculture.
+ Add standards for solar and wind power which did not exist before.
+ Creates new design standards for streets & sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety & experience.
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