| 02 May 2011
Posted in Economic Development - Boonton Redevelopment
Boonton has not developed at the pace of the surrounding communities for a variety of reasons. Typography, traffic circulation, parking and safety risks are disincentives to retail expansion and to the shopping public. Without vibrant and exanding business, the tax burden is placed increasingly more on its residents, and less money is available for much needed infrastructure improvement. Unless these situations are addressed, the town will contniue to suffer, showing signs of building decay, store turnover, and unaffordable schools.
Boonton Master Plan Objectives
1. Achieve a balanced land use pattern of appropriate residential, commercial and industrial uses.
2. Development strategies that are consistent with and preserve the architectural and historical integrity
3. Enhance the Town "Gateways"
4. Coordinate local, county and state planning
5. Promote expanded open space/ recreational opportunities
6. Provide new employment opportunities, as well as creating a market for the commercial entities in Town
7. Provide housing for seniors, youth and low income needs
8. Actively seek funding sources to accomplish the goals of the Master Plan
OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION
1. Preserve and protect important natural features
2. Expand passive and active recreational opportunities
3. identify and acquire remaining open spaces in Boonton for both recreation and conservation
4. New development provide improvement to the physical and aesthetic qualities of roadways
1. Retain and protect historic features in both existing, new and redevelopment projects
2. Restore the existing morris canal plane, railroad station, railroad cars, roundabout and swing trestle for incorporation into
historic attraction in conjunction with downtown revitalization efforts
3. Ensure that new, in-fill and restoration and development be sensitive to historic buildings, features, landmarks and districts in
the community and that their features are incorporated and utilized as the basis for any design.
4. Restore community landmarks and buildings (Williams Street stairs, Opera House, Theater, railroad station and cars) as a
foundation for economic development and revitalization efforts
1. Provide road and intersection improvements
2. Pursue programs with state and county agencies that encourage transportation options
3. Examine traffic patterns, parking, space utilization and architectural integrity