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Archive for March, 2017

Municipal Land-Use Law Re-Forum

May 19, 2017
8:00 amto4:00 pm

A forum for experienced practitioners — municipal officials, planners, developers, land-use attorneys, and anyone else with an interest in local development who has found themselves frustrated by the ins and outs of the Municipal Land Use Law. The open-meeting format will allow participants to shape the agenda on what changes they would most like to see!

Location: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick

More information and registration

Thriving Together, the 2017 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

May 5, 2017
8:30 amto4:30 pm

Thriving Together, the next Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, will focus on how creative placemaking can improve quality of life for disadvantaged people, successful partnerships, and maintaining and growing creative placemaking over the long term.

Sustainable Jersey will be facilitating a session on the suite of actions related to creative placemaking.  We invite you to bring your Creative Team and take part in the interactive Sustainable Jersey session which will help you plan your arts and creative culture initiatives.

NJ Institute of Technology (NJIT), 323 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102

For more information.

Webinar: Landscaping for a Healthy Environment

April 26, 2017
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

The entire community can reap the benefits of utilizing efficient landscaping techniques to create an attractive environment in balance with the native surroundings, local climate, and function of the space.  Learn about actions and resources in both the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools programs that can help municipalities and schools provide landscapes that reduce stormwater runoff, and minimize water use through use of sustainable landscaping practices.

The webinar will feature a demonstration of the Jersey-Friendly Yards website, (, an easy-to-use, comprehensive source of information for creating attractive, low-maintenance landscaping that is not only better for the environment but also saves time and money.  You’ll also hear from Neil Chambers, a member of the South Orange Environmental Commission and the Maplewood, South Orange, and Millburn Green Team who will talk about their successful ReYard program, which he helped to create.


Community Rating System Peer Exchange

April 3, 2017
9:30 amto12:00 pm

This workshop is designed as a peer exchange for counties and municipalities in Northern New Jersey to make them more aware of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS) and the benefits it can bring to property owners in flood plain areas. The workshop will highlight several counties in our region with CRS User Groups that already provide support to local communities taking advantage of the CRS Program to improve resiliency.

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, One Newark Center, Newark

More information and registration

Census Business Builder Showcase

April 27, 2017
10:00 amto1:30 pm

Census Business Builder is a suite of services that provides selected demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use format. This suite currently includes the Small Business Edition and a proposed Chamber of Commerce Edition, but will include other tailored editions in the future.

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, One Newark Center, Newark

More information and registration

2018 Redevelopment Forum

March 9, 2018
8:00 amto4:00 pm

More information and a call for sessions will be available in the fall of 2017.

Location: Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick

For information about the 2017 forum and previous forums, click here.

Forum Roundup: Reimagining the Suburbs

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A two-part Redevelopment Forum breakout session examined ways that New Jersey’s suburbs can be enhanced or reimagined in order to create the type of compact, walkable places that are in demand.

NAIOP New Jersey Awards Gala

May 11, 2017
4:00 pmto9:00 pm

Location: The Palace at Somerset Park

More information and tickets

Seminar: Redevelopment Tools: PILOTs

April 27, 2017
7:45 amto11:30 am

NAIOP New Jersey seminar on PILOTs.

Location: Sheraton Edison, 125 Raritan Center Pkwy.

More information and registration

NAIOP New Jersey CRE Intercollegiate Case Study Competition

April 5, 2017
5:00 pmto7:30 pm

Teams from Rutgers, Monmouth, Lehigh and Villanova will present their designs for the redevelopment of a site in Trenton and compete for a $5,000 prize.

Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and Greater Trenton CEO George Sowa will deliver remarks, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman has been invited to speak.

Registration/networking/cocktails begin at 5:00 PM, followed by a buffet dinner and the student presentations.

Location: Pines Manor, Edison

More information and registration

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