The City will need to update its zoning code so that it is reflective of the vision, goals, and recommendations identified in the Trenton250 Master Plan. In addition, the City must undertake a comprehensive review of its Redevelopment Plans to ensure they are in compliance with Local Redevelopment and Housing Law and the standards outlined in the Land Use and Community Form Plan (LUCFP). To support this effort, they City should hire a Land Use Attorney on staff within the Law Department.
It is recommended that the redevelopment plans and zoning code be closely coordinated, as the work is often overlapping. However, the City must recognize that this will also be a very costly endeavor. Some redevelopment areas identified in the Land Use and Community Form Plan will require new designations while the boundaries of other designated areas will need to be amended. With more than 40 designated redevelopment areas, the amount of work is considerable.
These three efforts will streamline the regulatory process, ensure that regulations are consistent with the master plan, and better equip the city to encourage land uses that are consistent with the Master Plan.