Council – Six Months Later – Has Yet To Act On Master Plan Recommendations

Last year, the Municipal Land Use Board (MLUB) completed a Master Plan Reexamination Report which included recommendations for the governing body to correct or implement. Six months later, council has yet to act on or even review the recommendations listed in the report.

Among the issues that need to be addressed – some through ordinances – include:

  • Upgrading older industrial areas;
  • Amending zoning ordinances and the zoning map as recommended in 2009;
  • Instituting an aggressive code enforcement program to address illegal rental apartments;
  • Including provisions for bicycle traffic in connection between existing and proposed recreational facilities;
  • Seeking new opportunities for new bus shelters with an emphasis on incorporating them into redevelopment projects;
  • Correcting a typographical error in borough code 128-107.6.A.(1) from a “maximum lot area of 80,000 sq. ft” to a “minimum lot area of 80,000 sq. ft.”;
  • Considering whether to eliminate NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) groups as it relates to the permissible uses in zoning districts.

If the recommendations are not addressed formally by council, issues may arise with future development and/or applications since they are on the record. Second Ward Councilman Joseph Petrosky, the council liaison for the MLUB, is the councilmember who should put the matter on as a workshop discussion.

The next Mayor & Council meeting is Thursday, February 2nd, at 7 p.m. in council chambers of the Roselle Park Municipal Complex located at 110 East Westfield Avenue.