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Somerset County’s Investment Framework Gets State Planning Commission Support

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The State Planning Commission has approved a resolution supporting Somerset County’s Strategic Investment Framework, a recognition well deserved.

New Report Recommends Regional Coordination, Variety of Coastal Strategies

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A new report from the Urban Land Institute’s Advisory Services Panel outlines a broad range of recommendations for long-term resilience strategies in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Voters in S. Hunterdon Approve Regional School District

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Voters in three S. Hunterdon municipalities overwhelmingly approved regionalization of their schools, something that can have significant land-use implications as well as academic and financial benefits.

Upward Economic Mobility Is a Land-Use Issue

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

A new study indicates that creating greater opportunities for those who are poor to live in mixed-income neighborhoods enhances their ability to move into the middle class, and can thus enhance overall economic growth.

New Jersey’s Inner Suburbs: Leading Indicator of Opportunity and Challenge

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

New Jersey’s “first suburbs” are becoming a leading indicator for the state’s increasing diversity, accompanied by all its opportunities and challenges. They are also often overlooked in favor of larger cities.

Somerset County Releases Study on Repurposing Under-Utilized Commercial Properties

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

A new report from Somerset County that examines seven prototypical suburban commercial sites, with recommendations for redevelopment, could serve as a model for other counties.

Memo to Municipalities: Get Creative and Flexible if You Want Those Office Parks Redeveloped

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Re-imagining suburban office parks will be key to New Jersey’s economic vitality in the future. Municipalities can play a key role in making that easier.

Groups Offer Early Lessons From Post-Sandy Recovery

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Recommendations to President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force focused on long-term planning to reduce risk; on equitable access to rebuilding resources; and on transparency and public engagement in the process.

Addressing the Growing Issue of Obsolete Office Parks

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

An upcoming conference focuses on how best to repurpose the growing number of obsolete suburban office parks in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure: The Biggest Risk Is Doing Nothing

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Experts at a symposium detail how New Jersey’s water infrastructure is antiquated and disintegrating, and assert that continued inaction will only raise the cost of fixing it and lower the state’s economic competitiveness.

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