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.
Based on experience with the first round of federal Sandy rebuilding funds, recommendations have been submitted for additional guidance on how to use the next round.
New Jersey Future would like to support the most current version of the Economic Incentives Act, as long as it advances the intent of the original version.
A significant loophole in the Assembly’s current version of the Economic Opportunity Act would invite sprawl subsidies. There’s still time to fix it.
Modest initiatives in planning can help future-proof communities against tomorrow’s extreme weather. Federal Sandy recovery funds should cover these investments.
New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly approves the cluster development bill, which could see a Senate vote as soon as May 13.
A new bill streamlines New Jersey’s portfolio of economic incentives, but unless it is amended it will go too far toward subsidizing sprawl development.