The Department of Planning and Development oversees a broad range of programs aimed at improving neighborhoods and encouraging growth in New Brunswick. Below are brief descriptions of some of the Department’s programs and services.
Use the links at the top of the page to learn more about these programs and services.
Director of Planning, Community & Economic Development
Mailing Address Phone: 732.745.5050
PO Box 269 Fax: 732.565.7532
25 Kirkpatrick Street Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
The Department manages planning and zoning activities for the City, including preparation of a master plan and zoning ordinance, site plan and variance reviews and the issuance of zoning permits. The Department also develops redevelopment plans and other planning documents.
Mark Siegle, Principal Planner
The Department administers the federal HOME Investment Partnership and CDBG block grant programs and projects, and administers the City’s Regional Contribution Agreements. These programs and projects are used to assist low-inocme persons, families and neighborhoods in New Brunswick. The types of programs and projects typically include:
- Fair housing counseling services
- Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation
- Assistance for new construction of affordable housing and supportive needs housing
Glenn Patterson, Community Development Director
Golda Speyer, Community Development Administrator
The Department administers the rent control program for the City. Most rental units in the city are regulated. Their rent increases are capped at the annual allowable increase limit and landlords are required to register their unit each year and to file the required fee. Persons who feel that the ordinance provisions have been violated may file a complaint with the Rent Control Office to resolve the problem.
Maria Cody, Rent Control Coordinator
New Brunswick is designated as an Urban Enterprise Zone by the State of New Jersey. The UEZ program offers sales tax and other benefits to businesses located in qualified portions of the city. Businesses register for the program directly with the State’s UEZ office.
The Department also funds a micro-financing lending program through the Intersect fund, which offers loans to micro-enterprises of between $500 and $10,000. Applications for funding are made directly through the Intersect Fund.
The Department operates housing rehabilitation programs for owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings. The Emergency Rehabilitation Program provides grants of up to $8,000 for emergency repairs to furnaces and roofs. The Home Improvement Program provides a deferred loan of up to $30,000 for rehabilitation of substandard systems in the house. Application for assistance is made directly through the City’s Rehab Program Manager, CGPH, Inc.
Program Managers: Development Directions 732.382.8100
Charlene Ward, Affordable Housing Administrator