• Newark City Council restricts density for downtown buildings

    by  • March 27, 2012 • Land Use • 1 Comment


    The News Journal, March 27, 2012


    Newark City Council voted unanimously Monday night to significantly restrict the density of future housing developments built in the city’s downtown district.

    To the disappointment of developers, the new zoning regulations will reduce the density of housing in the downtown area to 20 units an acre for apartments with three or more bedrooms and to 50 units an acre for two-bedroom dwellings. The old rules permitted 145 units an acre for all unit types.

    Some in the industry predicted the change would damage the continued success of the downtown district and lead to a decline in the quality of Newark’s mixed-use projects, which depend on rental-unit revenues.

    “You’re trying to put a suburban building density downtown,” engineer and city resident Joe Charma said. “You’ll get short little buildings with no architectural quality at all.”

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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

    One Response to Newark City Council restricts density for downtown buildings

    1. UD Grad
      March 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      I’ve been really impressed with the development along Main Street and Elkton Ave. The density is great in the commercial, I wish some of it had been around when I went there.

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