September 27, 2022


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Newark, NJ—September 27, 2022— Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced that the Newark Planning Board unanimously approved the Newark360 Master Plan, the blueprint that will shape the equitable physical development of Newark for the next 10 years.

Rooted in Mayor Baraka’s core principles of creating a more equitable, healthy, and resilient city, Newark360 provides key actions to better connect Newarkers to their neighborhoods and job centers, create more affordable housing, strengthen Newark’s historical and cultural fabric, and address environmental injustices. These actions are complemented by recommendations for updating the underlying land use and zoning codes that will provide the legal framework for implementing the proposed actions.

“Newark360 encompasses the ideas, visions, dreams, and aspirations of Newarkers themselves, not academic or bureaucratic planners. It was created through nearly two years of community engagement, the most wide-ranging and inclusive outreach the City has ever undertaken. We are grateful for people from every neighborhood and walk of life who participated, because Newark360 could not exist without the voices and priorities of Newarkers,” Mayor Baraka said.

Community engagement included more than 10,000 touchpoints – from a highly interactive website where people could give their ideas and review documents, Facebook Live discussions, two in-person community workshops in every ward, focus groups, statistically valid surveys, and the Newark Story Bus – to gather the thinking of Newark’s youth.

The name “Newark360” was coined to describe how the Master Plan will encompass a 360-degree view of the City and its future. Newark 360 is an imaginative re-thinking of many of Newark’s physical features. Just a few of its elements are:

  • Sustainability and preparing for the inevitable impact of climate change.
  • Better connecting neighborhoods to each other via public transit and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Support for neighborhood businesses with startup micro-capital funds.
  • Fostering more affordable housing through zoning changes, increased density on key corridors and allowing accessory dwelling units.
  • The Newark Airport City initiative.
  • Implementing a citywide tree canopy initiative.
  • Supporting the vision of the Newark Arts and Education District.
  • Supporting legislation and zoning so that Newark can become a vibrant 24/7 City.
  • Expanding Green Zones.

The public is invited to view the full plan and executive summary on


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