||HUDSON COUNTY PLANNING BOARD INTRODUCES COUNTY MASTER
(HUDSON COUNTY, NJ) - The Hudson County
Planning Board introduced the Hudson County Master Plan for review and
adoption on October 17, 2001. The plan will be voted on after a 90-day
public comment period in which the public is welcomed to review the plan
and provide comments. Residents can download a copy of the Master plan by
visiting the Hudson County Web Site at www.hudsoncountynj.org. This latest
draft of the Master Plan represents the most significant revision to the
document since it was last adopted by the County Planning Board in 1974.
The public hearing on the master plan will be January 16, 2002. "Hudson
County is experiencing an increase in population, new housing, job
opportunities and educational progress; we need a plan that will help us
address and manage this growth," said Sebastian "Chip" D'Amico,
Chairperson of the Hudson County Planning Board. "The Hudson County
Planning Board is encouraging every Hudson County resident to be a part of
this process and provide us with additional constructive feedback on the
The 2001 Hudson County Master Plan provides the
technical analysis and basis for the Hudson County Urban Complex Strategic
Revitalization Plan. The Master Plan's goals are to improve the overall
quality of life in Hudson County; to provide for the economic
revitalization of the County's commercial and industrial base; to preserve
the character of existing well-established neighborhoods; to improve the
transportation network; and to increase the tax base.
In addition, the Master Plan provides nine individual
elements including a Land Use Plan, Circulation Plan, Economic Plan,
Housing Plan, Community Facilities Plan, Utilities Plan, Social Services
Plan, Conservation Plan and Historic Preservation. The elements lay out
specific goals and objectives for each planning issue.
Essentially, a county master plan deals with those
matters over which the county has jurisdiction, such as county roads,
bridges, viaducts, parks and playgrounds, forest reservations, etc. County
Planning Boards are encouraged to respectively cooperate with local
municipalities within the county in any matters which may concern the
integrity of the county master plan and to advise the board of chosen
freeholders with respect to the formulation of the entire plan.
The 2001 Hudson County Master Plan is particularly
noteworthy because it includes a Social Service Plan, which is not
traditionally found in master plans, but was included because social
services play an important role in Hudson County.
"Our Master Plan addresses an array of planning issues
from traditional concerns of land use and economic development to the not
so traditional issues of coordinating the County's social service programs
with our revitalization efforts," said Stephen Marks, Deputy Director of
the Office of Strategic Revitalization, who assists the Hudson County
Planning Board. "This plan will help to complement our Strategic
Revitalization Plan and provide the tactics and actions to implement
Hudson County's future vision of revitalizing of communities."
The Urban Complex Strategic Revitalization Plan was
adopted in 1999 and is the first and only regional plan to be endorsed by
the New Jersey State Planning Commission. It outlines a coordinated
approach to community and economic development to ensure the most
effective utilization of State, County and municipal resources. The Plan,
has also been selected as a recipient of the 2001 Joint Center Sustainable
Community Award presented by the National Association of Counties (NACo).