naiop new jersey public policy symposium: partnerships are key to transforming n.j. towns
\"All politics is local, and so is development,\" said Clark Machmer, president of Knapp New Jersey at Rockefeller Group.
\"The changing demographic structure, the rapidly changing technology and the economic challenges we all face have made it more than ever that the private sector works with governments at all levels to bring jobs and investment to towns in New Jersey\"Lead-
In his speech, Chuck Richman, commissioner of community affairs, highlighted projects and improvements that support local development, including the DCA\'s upcoming rules to limit license and inspection fees for \"big boxes\" industrial facilities (
Possible rules expected to pass)
And affordable housing, the goal is to develop \"site consistency and municipal consistency\"
Smart DevelopmentBased on standards.
He acknowledged that the government had encountered difficulties in keeping up with technological innovation.
We need to move forward.
We are trying to bring our country into modern society.
Richman noted that online licensing \"saves $10 million a year for developers who use it.
\"Another initiative is to\" change the model of how we can implement broader regulations, \"Richman said, urging state and municipal authorities to focus on the\" national regulatory process \".
Melissa Osen, CEO of EDA, New Jersey, explains that her agency works with other agencies to provide affordable financing options for towns and developers.
\"So far, New Jersey has made great progress in attracting businesses,\" she said . \"
4 billion of the new public and private investment.
Projects such as the growing New Jersey and the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.
These projects have been successful, such as the former Hoffman-
LaRoche campus in natley, new headquarters and training facilities for the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as other programs in Camden, the rebuilding of Newark\'s former Hahne department store, and a former
A dormant steel factory in Trenton.
\"We are also trying to find solutions for small businesses,\" Orsen said . \" He noted that EDA has a \"new marketing plan to showcase these successes \".
\"After the opening speech, four New Jersey mayors had an interactive discussion. Co-
Host Massimo and president
Dave Gibbons, vice president of election and public affairs at Elberon Development Group, stressed the importance of continuing dialogue with the mayor of the state.
James Barberio, mayor of Parsippany, answered Machemer\'s questions about the specific issues they face and how they deal with them
Troy Hills discusses the requirements of affordable housing and the state of the office market.
\"We have a lot of vacant office buildings, but the challenges are still there. We have been doing great things,\" he said . \"
We see positive growth in available valuations as we strive to attract businesses.
Mayor John rabrose said: \"For Hackensack, the mall has caused losses to the city center . \" He pointed out that the busy streets in their 1960 s and 70 s were particularly hit.
\"It\'s still a problem, but a rehabilitation plan was put forward in 2010 and we are now seeing new housing on the street.
\"Our state is the biggest enemy of development, more than any other state,\" said Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano . \".
While some progress has been made on economic development projects, he said that \"the long approval process is still a problem\" and he singled out the transportation and environmental protection sectors.
Still, he said, \"Wayne is thriving,\" thanks in large part to the efforts of private developers.
The mayor of Trenton, Eric Jackson, notes that his city has gone through some difficult times, saying that his government is seeking public/private partners as it seeks new retail and residential developments
\"We are in the process of rebranding,\" he said . \" He stressed that Trenton was the capital \".
\"Part of the work is public safety,\" Jackson said, noting that crime fell by 21%.
\"Who do you ask for advice and how do residents react to your efforts to promote new development,\" Machemer asked . \".
Vergano pointed out that there are two complete cities in his city.
He had to overcome residents\' opposition to hybrid energy.
\"The biggest obstacle is trying to get a DOT license.
The four-month delay is the one we can avoid, \"he also cited FEMA flood maps that FEMA passed before FEMA:\" We need more common sense in New Jersey.
Labrosse pointed out the local resistance to pilots and the impact on development.
The key is to make people \"understand that giving someone a boost can help the community --
It helps and enhances a project.
Barberio said that despite residents\' opposition to the vacant office space in his community, \"mixed
The answer is to use
There is no town center in Parsippany.
We need a city center, a place to work and have fun.
For Trenton, the biggest challenge for the mayor is that he has reached seven cities. 2 square miles
The state government occupies two square miles.
\"We have to be creative in order to get developers and companies involved in the packages we have.
I hope we have room for big employers like Walmart, but we do have the opportunity for small businesses.
LaBrosse said that the ability to incorporate restaurants into reconstruction is an important investment factor in the issue of liquor license reform.
He pointed to Riverside Center, a retail property in Hackensack, where the tenants had 10 liquor licenses.
\"The \'Umbrella \'license will issue nine licenses for new restaurants.
\"A NAIOP study shows that the reform legislation to expand restaurant liquor licenses will only create more than 15,000 jobs and more than 400 new restaurants, with a total state and local revenue of about $1 billion per year.
\"The rules are out of date --
\"We have to reduce the barriers,\" Jackson said . \".
\"The current rules prevent cities from reaching their full potential for development.
Vergano quotes economic potential: \"People who might stop for a drink will do something else --
I like shopping.
\"Since many towns depend on state funds from the almost exhausted Transportation Trust Fund (TTF)
For infrastructure maintenance, Trenton\'s response was \"in-
\"We have never been exposed to the infrastructure part of the budget,\" Barberio said . \".
\"Nevertheless, we must find ways to fund the TTF.
Vergano noted that Wayne himself spends $2 million a year on local road infrastructure.
\"In other words, with the decrease in the TTF fund, municipalities in New Jersey are increasingly responding with local funds.
Machemer noted that in 2015, as part of this chapter\'s efforts to promote discussion and interaction, Neep, New Jersey received the initial public Partnership Award, seeking synergies with the mayor.
How the mayors themselves interact with the mayor of the state, \"Let\'s look outside and see how others do it,\" LaBrosse said \".
\"Let\'s see who\'s doing what and do it well,\" Jackson said . \" He pointed out that his government\'s approach has gone beyond the borders of the United States. S.
The mayor\'s meeting.
\"We are looking at neighbors outside the state line and this approach is very helpful.
Machemer encouraged the mayors to \"use NAIOP in New Jersey as a resource \".
\"We want to work with you to build a local economy and make New Jersey a better place,\" he concluded . \".
Michael McGuinness, CEO of NJ op NJ, pointed out that local leaders can find more information in naiopnj.
Organization/resources of local officials.