Comments from New Jersey Future and six other organizations call for the state’s draft hazard mitigation plan to be modified to take greater account of climate-based risks, and to integrate more closely with local planning efforts.
For the first time, the state will accept public comment on its newly released draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. All interested parties are encouraged to submit comments.
Advocates Call for Valid Risk Assessment, Mitigation Planning in State’s Draft Post-Sandy Action PlanWednesday, March 5th, 2014
New Jersey Future calls for more emphasis on planning, transparency and risk assessment in the new Sandy Action Plan, saying to do less wastes taxpayer funds.
New York’s plan allocates significantly more funding than New Jersey’s to local planning in order to foster comprehensive risk analysis for recovery investments.
In the key areas of infrastructure, planning and transparency, the state’s proposed Action Plan amendment is neither broad enough nor specific enough to honor taxpayers’ investment in New Jersey’s post-Sandy recovery.
The Christie administration’s newly released draft plan for disbursement of an additional $1.46 billion in Sandy recovery assistance is a step forward in some ways, but misses other key issues.
Two new pieces of legislation, dealing with economic incentives and non-condemnation in redevelopment areas, offer opportunities to focus New Jersey’s development in smart-growth areas.
Incorporating projected sea-level rise into all Sandy-related recovery and planning decision-making will help create a stronger, more resilient Garden State.
The task force report highlights the need to support long-term risk reduction planning, and the importance of using the most up-to-date scientific data in planning and decision-making.
A bill, strongly supported by New Jersey Future, that improves cluster development tools available to New Jersey municipalities is now law.