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Should Teaneck Allow Billboards on Route 4?

Town Council considers allowing billboards with limitations.

Route 4 in Teaneck / Patch file photo
Route 4 in Teaneck / Patch file photo

The Township Council is mulling an ordinance that would allow billboards along Route 4 through town, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

The move would come with regulations, including that static billboards would not be allowed within 300 feet of residential properties and education buildings. Digital billboards would have similar restrictions within 1,000 feet of the designated properties, according to the ordinance.

Among other limits, the billboards would need to be aimed at highway drivers and not nearby neighborhoods. The town’s planning board would have site plan approval for the billboards, which would also be reviewed for traffic safety, impact on the area and other measures.

A sign’s maximum size would be capped at 14-feet by 48-feet, the report said.

What do you think? Should billboards be allowed along Route 4 in Teaneck?

JeffO December 30, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Michael Kates' list of good questions begs one more question: How could this ordinance have possibly been introduced without answers to these questions? Another example of the arrogance/shadiness/incompetence of what has to be Teaneck's Worst. Council. Ever.
Michael J. Klatsky December 30, 2013 at 05:24 PM
They need to stop focusing on the BS and start looking to reform the zoning code to allow sensible as-or-right development and stop prohibiting everything without a variance.
John Santaella December 30, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Michael, do you really expect sensible behavior from this counsel?
Michael J. Klatsky December 30, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Yes I do. I think that a discussion needs to be happening in our shops, synagogues, churches, parks ect or the high cost of a town dominated by single family housing. The typical single family home pays about 50%-60% of its share in municipal expenses over 30+ years, and now those bills are due and its hitting the fan already with the high tax rates (2.3%) just to maintain minimal services.
John Santaella December 30, 2013 at 06:24 PM
That was a rhetorical question. Of course we want sensible behavior from our elected officials but we have not had that over that past 6 years so why would we expect anything different. Vote the bums out and get a new, really concerned, people of Teaneck who will work to better this community.
genevieve maiberger December 30, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Are we expecting "our" voters to vote for a council composed of intelligent,concerned citizens?
Michael J. Klatsky December 30, 2013 at 07:06 PM
I think the way out of this is referendum.
Lynn Libman December 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM
No way!
Deborah Hartman Blaiberg December 31, 2013 at 01:36 AM
The drivers on RT 4 are bad enough and now you want to add billboards to distract them? Seriously? And where exactly are they planning on putting them? Perhaps they should concentrate on making the signage on RT 4 more visible first. If the. Queen Anne Road exit was better labelled perhaps there would be less drivers cutting across 3 lanes without signalling!
John Santaella December 31, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I would love to blame the town for all the things that are wrong here but signage on Rt 4 is a State issue. Signage all over NJ stinks. The idea of having exit signs right past the exits has never made sense.
Marcia Strean December 31, 2013 at 09:54 AM
No. No. No. Do we have to be the greediest, lowest class town in the area?
Tee Smyth December 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Are people really distracted by billboards? Can't say that I am. Can't speak for others, though. The concern for me is the furtive manner in which this was done. I think the town has a certain amount of charm without the billboards. The answer is to simply know the name of the company who will own the billboard(s). Once that's known, start digging and follow the money. With every decision in Teaneck, follow the money. It always tells the story.
John Santaella December 31, 2013 at 11:28 AM
"Follow the money" should be a mantra.
Nancy Siwulec December 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Teaneck doesn't need billboards - anywhere in the town. It's totally illogical to not be able to find funding for maintenance and widening of roads and highways but want to build up, causing even more distractions and ugliness. That's my convoluted way of saying "NO!"
Norma Goetz December 31, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Norma Goetz It has come to my attention that the Teaneck Council is planning to pass a resolution allowing billboards (including digital) to be built along the Teaneck Route 4 Greenbelt at its January 7th meeting. The Greenbelt was established by a wise Council, many years ago, to protect the residents abutting Route 4 from the noise and commercialization that often go along with major highways. This is quite evident as you drive from Teaneck to Paramus or to Englewood along Route 4. Our Greenbelt is a symbol of Teaneck’s values, i.e. its desire to maintain a good quality of life for all its residents. Placement of enormous billboards along this route would have a very negative impact on our residents. I’m sure that those who are in favor of these billboards will tell you that it will make money for the Township. The pittance that Teaneck will receive will in no way pay for the effect it will have on the quality of life of those of us who live in Teaneck. Come to the January 7th Council meeting to voice your protest. Remember which Council members vote for this ordinance, and show your displeasure by voting against them in this coming May election.
Steve Savitz January 01, 2014 at 01:35 PM
The council seems too focused on reaching for only a few dollars. Billboards are always ugly, lead to more signage, will hide more of our greenery, clear cut more trees and not add any significant revenue to our town. Kate's asks the right questions and as usual we have no data to support this bad idea. If the council would propose ways to improve the quality of life many of us would approve- this one is not. At the heart of Teanecks problems is the current majority on the council. We should expect more of the same unless we can get the vote out and change the balance of power on the council. New talent and ideas would be a great start for Teaneck. Council elections this year could be a good starting point for needed change.
Tee Smyth January 01, 2014 at 02:08 PM
...we need viable alternatives. Who is on slate to run?
Patricia Florez Schwartz January 01, 2014 at 08:07 PM
We have so many accidents on route 4, do we need more distractions?
Alan Sohn January 01, 2014 at 11:43 PM
UPDATE: As I understand it, the proposed billboard ordinance will be reviewed by the Planning Board at its January 2nd meeting, however I have been unable to find any record of the agenda of this meeting on the township website or in the municipal building. Per a public notice ad in today's issue of The Record, the billboard ordinance introduced on December 17th will be considered for final passage by the Township Council at its February 4th meeting.
Jacob January 02, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Is there any way for someone (Alan?) to find out what sort of revenue other towns like Englewood, Hackensack or Paramus might be getting from their billboards???
gonflo January 02, 2014 at 11:53 AM
somehow I knew the answers would be a negative ones. everything that needs to be built, renovated, changed in teaneck the community says NO. I am still waiting for something to be built on that empty lot across from exxon station. way too negative people. 7-11 was a great choice down the drain.
Michael J. Klatsky January 02, 2014 at 12:03 PM
This comment is at best, uninformed. 7-11 would destroy the walk ability of the plaza and provide no customers for the many businesses there, while causing traffic issues at a currently lightly used intersection that the municipality would have to pay for - continued traffic mitigation isn't cheap. The approved project for that location is a 5 story building that is awaiting financing and has been approved already
JeffO January 02, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Jacob asks: "Is there any way for someone (Alan?) to find out what sort of revenue other towns like Englewood, Hackensack or Paramus might be getting from their billboards???" Wouldn't someone on a COMPETENT council (Alan is NOT on it yet) have already asked and at least provisionally answered that question prior to introducing the ordinance?
Michael J. Klatsky January 02, 2014 at 07:40 PM
This is just low hanging, meaningless fruit for the council.
Michael J. Klatsky January 02, 2014 at 07:43 PM
I think a multi - year effort is needed to complete 25+ rezonings around town to make as of right development possible. That is a complicated process that will change the character of certain areas, especially near transportation lines and downtown areas. #willwebitethebullet?
Naomi Cramer January 03, 2014 at 01:42 AM
It seems that the only place where any discussion of this topic happens is here. Without work sessions where current agenda items or ideas for such are discussed we have no way of knowing the thinking of the Council on any issue until it shows up on the agenda. That gives the public no time for consideration of issues such as this one where such a big change in philosophy of the greenbelt might be happening. We don't know who asked for this other than the Manager.
James Biddlecome January 03, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Tee Smyth January 03, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Re: "We don't know who asked for this other than the Manager." This gives justification for people wanting the manager to reside in the town in which he works. Perhaps decision-making would be different if he had to reside with his decisions. Food for thought.
John Santaella January 03, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Gee Tee, ya think? Maybe he can get a job in Jackson and be close to his family. Will he be here 5 days a week starting next? Happy New Year BTW.
Barbara Ley Toffler January 11, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Yesterday was the first Friday in four years that the Municipal Building was open. And despite the weather, many residents came out to get business done! All employees still work a 4-day week, but the days are staggered. The Manager and most, if not all, of the department heads are still off on Fridays. The Municipal Clerk is on on Fridays. I was told she has asked to work 5 days a week, but cannot. All employees MUST stick to their 4day schedule! But, it is fantastic to have our Municipal Building open 5 days a week!! Jason Castle, Alan Sohn and Chondra Young, leaders of Teaneck 2020 ( which led the fight to return to 5-day a week municipal building availability) were on hand with sparkling grape juice and doughnut holes to welcome back the employees ( who have been the pawns in this long game). Yes, guys, you can fight city hall and WIN!


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