Monday, December 14, 2009

A Lesson from Jersey City?

A scheduled 20-minute presentation on how Jersey City attracts developers will not be part of tonight's City Council meeting, Council President Rashid Burney said.

Burney said at the Dec. 7 agenda-fixing session that he had been approached by the Jersey City Redevelopment Authority regarding the presentation. He also mentioned the Urban Land Institute, which Councilman Cory Storch pointed out is a non-profit entity.

Plaintalker attempted last week to gather more information from the Urban Land Institute web site, but could not find a Jersey City link. A call to Burney revealed that the presentation would not take place after all.

After just reading an online article in the Star-Ledger about redevelopment issues in Jersey City, Plaintalker looked up the Jersey City Redevelopment Authority and saw that it recently won an award from the Urban Land Institute. So maybe that was the link.

Meanwhile, the Star-Ledger article mentions a report due out this week on recommendations for "rules of engagement" between Jersey City elected officials and developers. The S-L called it a "must-read" and Plaintalker agrees.

The report will be released today and will be considered by the Jersey City council Wednesday. Among its recommendations are that officials should not speak privately one-on-one to developers seeking deals in the city.

Plainfield's City Council meeting tonight will include a 7 p.m. budget session on Public Works and an 8 p.m. regular council meeting, both in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

--Bernice Paglia


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