Hoboken Council plans December agenda

Governing body will consider a variety of new ordinances

The Hoboken City Council will vote on the Special Improvement District's 2020 budget, new affordable housing set asides, and more on Dec. 4.
The Hoboken City Council will vote on the Special Improvement District's 2020 budget, new affordable housing set asides, and more on Dec. 4.

At the Dec. 4 council meeting the Hoboken City Council plans to vote on an ordinance that would increase the number of affordable housing units required in some new developments, and vote on a roughly $1.3 million budget for the Special Improvement District.

The council will also consider an ordinance that would allow the city to issue nuisance summonses for people and electric scooter providers who leave their e-scooters in the public right of way.

Special Improvement District 

 The council will hold a public hearing on Dec. 4 during their regularly scheduled council meeting before taking a final vote to adopt the $1,325,000 budget of the citywide Special Improvement District.

The council unanimously approved a resolution introducing the district’s budget for the next fiscal year on Nov. 6.

This money will be collected through an assessment paid by the property owners of commercial or mixed-use developments, as well as rental buildings with five or more units.

The assessment is billed and collected by the municipal government and then disbursed by the SID management corporation, The Hoboken Business Alliance, Inc., which delivers the district’s supplemental services, such as marketing plans or additional trash removal. Failure to pay would result in a property lien.

The assessment will vary from year to year, based on the district’s goals for the year, the services rendered in a specific area, where the property is located, and the yearly budget.

According to the introductory budget, the majority of funds at $523,000, would be spent on visual improvements like plantings, street furniture, seasonal decorations, and supplementary cleaning of streets and transportation centers.

Another $283,000 will be used for a retail market analysis toward attracting business and another $414,000 of the budget will be used for branding and marketing.

The rest of the budget will be used for administration of the SID including management and staffing, supplies, office equipment and more.

Affordable Housing

Hoboken may also soon increase the required number of units set aside as affordable housing in new developments.

According to an introductory ordinance, the city could soon demand that new developments provide 15 percent of all their units as affordable units instead of the 10 percent the city currently requires.

The 15 percent set aside would be required of developments that have more than 10 units.

The introductory ordinance also mandates that any residential or mixed-use development which receives Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit financing, any subsidy or financing from the State of New Jersey, or any governmental entity or political subdivision of the state, would be required to set aside an additional five percent for a total of 20 percent of the total units in the development.

The ordinance also states that no developments by conditional redevelopers that have already executed an Interim Cost and Conditional Designate Agreement would be required to provide the additional affordable housing units and would instead be held to the current 10 percent set aside requirement.

This means that developments such as the Hoboken Rail Yard would not need to provide more than 10 percent affordable housing unless required by a redevelopment agreement with the city.

Scooter enforcement

The City Council unanimously introduced an ordinance that amends the city’s nuisance laws to prohibit leaving or parking electric scooters in the public right of way.

According to the ordinance this includes parked on the street or the sidewalks “in a manner that is hazardous to pedestrians.”

The ordinance states that it applies to both those who use the e-scooters as well as the e-scooter operators within the city.

Tickets may be simultaneously issued to both users and operators for the same offense.

This fine would be no less than $250.

For updates on this and other stories check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached at Marilynb@hudsonreporter.com.