New Jersey Future provided comments on Gov. Christie’s proposed Sandy Recovery Plan.
The 25 years during which New Jersey Future has advocated for smarter growth have seen some important successes: greater transit use, more land preservation, and a rise in redevelopment activity. However, more work remains to be done.
The Jersey Shore is one of the state’s most treasured assets: people live there, vacation there, and work there, and the region is a significant driver of New Jersey’s economic growth. But we must rebuild it in different ways in order for it to survive severe weather events such as Hurricane Sandy. Here are just some of the critical questions that must be addressed at all levels if we’re going to make the Shore a more resilient, more sustainable place.
The Federal Transit Administration’s awarding of a $400,000 grant to examine the possibility of building a new light-rail station in Jersey City demonstrates tangible commitment to advancing economic development through transit-oriented development.
Gov. Byrne’s administration was marked by a series of landmark measures that have left an indelible impression on New Jersey’s landscape.
Gov. Chris Christie today released a new State Strategic Plan, a blueprint for state investment in sustainable economic growth. The governor also announced Executive Order No. 78, authorizing a cabinet-level steering committee to drive implementation. The State Strategic Plan is intended to meet both the spirit and the statutory requirements of the State Planning Act.
Updated Aug. 5: Five municipalities had their center designation plans approved at the Highlands Council’s Aug. 3 meeting. New Jersey Future and the Regional Plan Association sent a letter to the Highlands Council supporting its favorable review of the plans.
Redevelopment is not a cookie-cutter exercise; it can take many different shapes and comes in many different sizes.
The bill is significantly better than previous iterations and could form the foundation of a simpler affordable housing system in New Jersey. It remains to be seen if the Governor will support the bill or provide constructive comments to improve it.
Smaller families and single homebuyers will seek smaller, less expensive homes near jobs and transportation.