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Passaic City Council Addresses Affordable Housing and Zoning Issues Amidst Resident Concerns

Overview: During the February 20th, 2024, Passaic City Council meeting, issues of affordable housing development, transparency in city funding, and zoning for accessory dwelling units took center stage. Residents raised concerns over the allocation of $2.5 million in home funds to Twin Investments for affordable housing on a relatively small lot, questioning the fairness and potential overvaluation of tax breaks and funds. Additionally, the proposal to allow accessory dwelling units in all zoning districts, aimed at addressing the shortfall in affordable housing, sparked a discussion on the impact of increased density, parking, and the city’s affordability strategy.

Overview: In a recent Englewood City Council meeting, the primary focus was on initiatives to make the city more accommodating for its aging population and concerns regarding salary increases for city staff. The meeting commenced with a presentation by Janet Sharma, the coordinator of Age-Friendly Englewood, who advocated for the integration of age-friendly policies into the city’s master plan. Additionally, a public hearing brought up issues of fairness and racial implications in the proposed salary increases for city hall employees.

Overview: Amidst a series of diverse topics and discussions during the recent Englewood City Council meeting, the urgent call for accountability in the shooting death of Bernard Placy Jr. by an Englewood police officer stood out as one notable issue. This matter garnered considerable attention as residents and council members grappled with the need for resolution and the complexities of legal protocols. In addition to this critical concern, the meeting addressed the city’s broader goals, including climate change planning, affordable housing, local infrastructure improvements, and the commemoration of black history.

Overview: During the recent Cherry Hill School Board meeting, discussions centered around the concepts of equity versus equality in education, the representation of Cherry Hill West in the board, and the characterization of the district’s diversity in media. The public commentary highlighted community concerns regarding the district’s direction in addressing systemic racism and the need for diverse representation on the school board.

Overview: During the recent Jersey City municipal Council meeting on February 7th, 2024, notable topics included concerns over alleged illegal rent increases by Equity Residential, the landlord of Portside Towers, and the issue of Jersey City’s involvement in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The meeting also touched upon local issues such as amendments to city ordinances, the need for a city-run animal shelter, public transportation, housing inequality, and law enforcement.

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