EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25, Mayor Ted Green will host a community meeting, open to all residents, on the subject of parking in East Orange.
For years the issue of on-street parking has plagued East Orange. Anyone that has lived in, or visited East Orange for an extended stay has had to grapple with the lack of parking options. Despite having over 65,000 residents, East Orange has a relatively small footprint (3.9 square miles). Needless to say, the city is very densely populated. This population density is exacerbated by the fact that while most families have at least one vehicle, the city has a no-parking overnight ordinance in effect for much of the city. The original ordinance goes back to 1959; sixty (60) years ago; and although in recent years (2012 & 2014) amendments have been made to that ordinance, many feel more needs to be done.
The subject has been brought up countless times at City Council, Master Plan and Consolidated Planning sessions over the last 10-20 years with little to no change. The lack of parking choice has been identified as an impediment for fair housing choice in the city’s 5 Year Consolidate Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to an unnamed city official, ‘this is the first open community meeting on the subject in recent memory’.