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Montclair proposes ‘one-of-a-kind’ law to slow the alarming decline of pollinator insects

Montclair may soon approve a “one-of-a-kind” ordinance mandating that only native species be planted on town property.  The Jose German-Gomez Native Species Act, named for a town environmentalist, would “will put Montclair at the forefront of communities working hard to re-populate our local environments with native vegetation so that we can support insects, butterflies, birds and other creatures …

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Changes could be coming to Montclair’s Watchung Plaza intersection

More than 940 people have signed a petition looking for changes to make the intersection that connects Park Street, Watchung Avenue and Watchung Plaza safer — and township and county officials say they’re making progress toward that aim. Local residents and business owners say they’ve seen repeated crashes at the intersection — most recently on …

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Frequently Asked Questions about Montclair Rent Control 2.0 + A Copy of the Law

Frequently Asked Questions about Rent Control 2.0 What is Rent Control? Rent control is the government control and regulation of the amounts charged for rented housing. Is Rent Control Common in New Jersey? Yes, approximately 20% of New Jersey municipalities have some form of rent control. What structures are included in Montclair’s new proposed rent …

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Montclair tenants, property owners reach historic rent control agreement

After two years of contentious rhetoric and legal maneuvering, Montclair’s tenants and property owners have settled on wording for a revised rent control ordinance, Mayor Sean Spiller announced Thursday. The agreement came at the eleventh hour, after negotiations broke down last fall and the town council voted last week to put the original ordinance to …

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Montclair Rent Control 2.0

Some thoughts on the compromise, how we got here and how we move forward. I’m excited to share that a compromise has been reached on the substance of a new rent control law. My sincerest thank you to the Tenants Organization of Montclair, Montclair Property Owners Association, faith leaders, community organizations, various external experts and …

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Montclair Public Library Budget Receives Over $3M in Full Funding

The Montclair Public Library will receive full funding, according to Township officials. On March 10, the Board of Trustees approved a revised budget request of $3,367,267 from the Township of Montclair, which includes $2,867,267 in mandated funds and $500,000 in discretionary funds. “As we proceed through the budget process, I’m pleased to announce that through …

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Op-Ed: Freezing Rents Further is Not a Substitution for Rent Stabilization

In the beginning of the pandemic, the previous Council voted to freeze rents on most rental units in Montclair. It’s something that I voted for six times to cover the balance of 2020 and all of the year 2021 to support tenants who were struggling. Having grown up in rent controlled and then regular rental …

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Montclair Councilors Team Up To Introduce ‘Jose German-Gomez Native Species Act’

On Monday, in collaboration with Councilor Bob Russo and Councilor Lori Price Abrams, Councilor Peter Yacobellis announced the introduction of the “Jose German-Gomez Native Species Act. Councilor Robin Schlager also signaled strong support. Jose German-Gomez In addition to requiring that only native plants, defined as a plant occurring the northeast region of the U.S. before …

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Montclair Skate Park Plan Moving Forward, After Favorable Analysis From Insurance Company

Skate Essex will move ahead with plans to expand its skate park at Rand Park in Montclair, with the township’s insurance provider having returned a favorable risk analysis and review of insurance costs, according to Councilman Peter Yacobellis. Additionally, Skate Essex announced on March 3 that The Skatepark Project (formerly The Tony Hawk Foundation) has …

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Montclair Property Owners Group Sues Town Again After Rent Control Negotiations Break Down

For the past two years, a Montclair landlord group has been fighting against the rent control ordinance passed by the town council in 2020. Now, they are fighting the rent freeze the council enacted at the beginning of the pandemic, and extended several times. On Monday, the Montclair Property Owners Association (MPOA) filed a supplemental …

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