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Jersey City establishes ordinance to make sure vacant lots kept tidy
By Nicolas Fernandes | The Jersey Journal
on August 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM, updated August 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Jersey City has launched an initiative to make sure landlords tidy up their vacant lots.

Mayor Steve Fulop highlighted the Vacant Lot Registration Ordinance, which took effect July 1, at a press conference on Wednesday.

The ordinance requires the owners of vacant lots in the city to register with the city. The law also sets standards for how the lots must be maintained. Those standards include having a six-foot fence installed around them and being clear of debris.

"The vacant lot registration ordinance and code enforcement standards will make Jersey City cleaner, safer, and improve the quality of life for residents," Fulop said.

There are approximately 1,500 vacant lots citywide, according to the mayor's office.

Registration costs $250, which goes into the Department of Housing, Economic Development & Commerce's fund used to conduct abandoned property inspections. 

The city already has an ordinance that applies to vacant buildings that went into effect in November 2011.

More than 1,200 vacant buildings have been registered since 2012 and several hundred of those registrations have since been renewed, which has generated more than $500,000, the mayor's office said.

"We have seen the impact the vacant building registration has had and this was the next step in ensuring property owners are responsible and that our community is kept clean and safe," Fulop said.

The vacant lot ordinance was pursued due a flood of complaints from residents, city officials said.

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