Newark, NJ—November 17, 2022— Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced that the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NJ) has recognized the Newark360 Master Plan with a 2022 Planning Excellence Award.
Rooted in Mayor Baraka’s determination to make Newark a more equitable, healthy, and resilient city, Newark360 provides key recommendations 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 expresses the ideas, vision, dreams, and aspirations of Newarkers. I am proud that that APA-NJ recognized the power of professional planners, collaborating with nearly two years of community engagement, in the most wide-ranging and inclusive outreach that Newark has ever undertaken. We are grateful to 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 that roamed the city recording the thinking of Newark’s youth.
About Newark 360:
Newark 360 is an imaginative re-thinking of many of Newark’s physical features. It includes:
The public is invited to view the full plan and executive summary on www.newark360.org.
Newark360 was a community-wide collaborative project. It involved:
The following Newark Community Development Corporations:
Outside consultant WRT and their subs:
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