It's disappointing to hear that Hoboken's City Council hasn't approved new members for the Zoning Board of Adjustments. I was a Commissioner for the Board this past year and heard a variety of applications from both large developers and individual home owners. I was appointed by City Council as a third alternate, meaning I was only able to vote when three other commissioners were unable to do so. Three members of the board completed their terms at the end of 2012 but, because of gridlock in city council, none of them were replaced for the new year. The Zoning Board was already burdened by an overload of applications and the lack of replacement members caused a strain on scheduling. It had become all-hands-on-deck.
Unfortunately, due to my financial circumstances, I had to move to Jersey City in April after spending 17 years as a Hoboken resident. I'm sorry to have had to leave the board with a fourth vacancy, but feel there should never have been three vacancies in the first place. The people of Hoboken deserve to have a full board of Zoning Commissioners to argue for or against the numerous variances that are being applied for. When the board is unable to reach a quorum it wastes money and time. While a case could be made that a slow down in development is a benefit to the city, I believe that applicants deserve to be heard in a reasonable amount of time from a fully staffed board. I hope the Council will appoint new members soon.