Public Meetings

It’s important to us that Trenton residents, visitors, and businesses have an opportunity to contribute to the Vision and Goals of Trenton250. The City of Trenton – Division of Planning conducted public workshops in every ward, a youth summit, and a Spanish public workshop. Click below to read meeting summaries and to vote on visions and goals that you like.


Draft Vision Map and Approach Map

The Department of Economic Development - Division of Planning Staff will be presenting the Draft Vision Map and Approach Map to various organizations and civic associations to obtain feedback from the community to ultimately have consensus on the maps.  Planning Staff will be presenting throughout the months of March and April.

If you will like Planning Staff to present at your organization meeting please contact Regine Saintilien at  See the below schedule:

Mayor’s Economic Advisory Council:

Planning Board Public Hearing: Thursday, February 25th – 7:00pm @ City Hall

Trenton Council of Civic Associations: Saturday, March 5th – 10:00am @ West Ward Police Station (Hermitage Avenue)

Trenton Prevention Policy Board: Wednesday, March 9th – 10:00 @ TPD Police Headquarters

Capital City Redevelopment Corporation: Wednesday, March 16th – 10:00am @ NJEDA

Capital City Community Coalition: Thursday, March 17th – 10:00am @ Friendship Baptist Church

Hiltonia Association: Tuesday, March 29th – To Be Determined (TBD)

Business Community Stakeholders: Tuesday, April 26th, 10:00am @ Thomas Edison State University – Prudence Hall

Individual Stakeholders (General Public): Tuesday, April 26th, 7:00pm @ Thomas Edison State University – Prudence Hall

Trenton Green Team: TBD

Non-profits and Faith-based Institutions: TBD

Education and Workforce Development Stakeholders: TBD

Trenton Healthy Communities Initiative: TBD

Arts and Culture Stakeholders: TBD

Again, If you’re interested in the Planning Staff coming to your community organization meeting, please contact Regine Saintilien at

Phase II (Core Elements) Open House

The Department of Housing and Economic Development along with the Master Plan Steering Committee will host an Open Door session where individuals can walk in and speak with Trenton250 representatives on a one-on-one basis to individually ask questions and discuss comments in regards to the Issues and Opportunities Report and/or Trenton250. The meeting will be held October 13th, 5-8pm at Thomas Edison State College, 101 W. State Street, Trenton.

We had a very important open house APRIL 25th. Actually, FOUR open houses – one in each ward – all on the same day (details below).

It was an opportunity for community memeber to tell us about specific issues and opportunities they want Trenton250 to consider. The input from this meeting went to identify areas of concern and develop ideas for how we can make “Trenton First: A premiere economic and cultural center built on arts, industry, and education.”

We’re worked with some local Trenton artist that ensured this to be fun time, engaging and – most importantly – productive time. Plus, attending and participating in the activities allowed attendees to win Trenton Thunder tickets.


Phase I (Visioning) Public Meeting Summaries:

See images from the Website Launch Party

See Images and Video  from the Art All Night

Youth Summit Meeting Summary

West Ward Meeting Summary

South Ward Meeting Summary

East Ward Meeting Summary

North Ward Meeting Summary

Latino Community Meeting Summary

Summary of Phase I (Visioning) Public Meeting Process

To create Visions and Goals, the project team used a variety of techniques to reach out to the public and involve them in the visioning process.

Youth Summit

As a result of the first Stakeholder Meeting (April 1st, 2014), the Trenton250 team was introduced to some faculty at Foundation Academy. They offered to host a workshop with all 200 of their high school students (grades 9 -12). The meeting, held on June 5th, included an introduction to city planning and master planning, followed by group exercises in which the students identified SWOCs for Trenton and then worked in groups to write vision statements.

Art All Night

The project team hosted a special interactive exhibit at Art All Night. The Trenton250 team strung balloons up in a 10’ x 15’ space. Particpants were asked to write their vision for Trenton on a note card with “Trenton Will Be…” written on the top. These were then stapled to the balloon strings. People were also able to participate by sticking dots to the notecards that had visions on them that they agreed with.

During the event more than 10,000 people were exposed to Trenton250, more than 500 took away a brochure that explained the Master Plan, and more than a 100 people submitted unique visions for the City of Trenton. Trenton250 staff was in attendance throughout the 2 day event to answer questions.

Public Workshops

The project team held five ward workshops and one city-wide Spanish workshop that were held over the course of two weeks. All workshops followed the same format:

  • Participants began the meeting by reviewing and voting on past SWOCs, Visions, and Goals. Trenton250 team members were present to answer questions and provide additional information
  • This was followed by introductory remarks by a Ward Representative and a presentation by Jeff Wilkerson that explained the Trenton250 meeting.
  • Participants then worked in small groups to identify a shared set of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Constrains.
  • Participants worked in groups to create a shared Vision and Goals.
  • There was concluding discussion in which participants shared and discussed their vision and goals as a group. People were encouraged to as the Staff questions.

Adam Tecza, a Planner and Urban Designer with Group Melvin Design, is fluent in Spanish and conducted the Spanish meeting.

Stakeholder Forums

The project team will hold three Stakeholder Forums in July which will center around three major stakeholder groups: local and businesses; non-profits and religious organizations; and educational institutions.

These meetings will focus on identifying strategies for moving the community identified vision and goals forward. Participants will be presented with a summary of findings from the public workshops. In groups, they will then help identify ways in which the City of Trenton could begin to move those ideas forward. The goal will be to tap these stakeholders’ unique understanding of their field to help create a list of goals and objectives for Phases II and III of the master planning process.

For more information on stakeholder meetings, please visit this page.