City Council – 4/1/2009 recap
A weak city council meeting indeed
The Hoboken City Council continues to resist Lame Duck Mayor Dave Roberts’ effort to push through flawed redevelopment plans and change large portions of the zoning law.
As Hoboken411 predicted, no vote was taken on the Western Edge Redevelopment Zone, with no action expected before the next Mayor takes office. Yet another attempt to hand NJ Transit Rail Yards planner FXFowle more money was tabled by a 4-3 vote. The contract extension was placed back on the agenda by the outgoing Mayor, who wants to see 78 story towers built in downtown Hoboken. The council disagrees, and wants FXFowle to come state why they should continue to be retained when the public has so overwhelmingly rejected the work they’ve done so far. Nobody on the council is happy with it.
Several first readings on ordinances were tabled, including both zoning issues which were sent to committee. The Maxwell Place field easement also goes to committee. The council approved first reading on a redevelopment ordinance that would raise the height of the proposed Water Music project in the Northwest Redevelopment Area to a height equal to over 14 stories. This after it was originally billed as 10. Though the vote to introduce was smooth, it does not guarantee it will pass after a public hearing.
Notable quotes include Dawn Zimmer declaring that she was indeed in favor of redevelopment as long it’s done properly, which was pretty much the same thing some Zimmer supporters have been attacking Beth Mason for saying a few meetings ago.
Watch the meeting on Channel 78, if you are suffering from insomnia. These things are going to be pretty tedious until the election is over.
See original agenda and resolution pack – after the jump…
Besides the Western Edge Redevelopment – there is plenty more on the agenda tonight.
Meeting starts at 7pm in the city council chambers.