The Pinelands Protection Act appears to have been effective at steering growth within its jurisdiction, but we must remain vigilant to ensure that the area’s overall growth doesn’t degrade critical natural resources.
The recent signs of recovery in New Jersey’s homebuilding industry can be traced in large part to a market-driven surge in building permits issued for multi-family construction.
The transit station inventory provides policy makers, municipal officials and development professionals with a systematic way to identify the highest-potential opportunities for various kinds of development around transit stations.
Ports, and their attendant goods-distribution industries, are one of the pillars of New Jersey’s economy, and they have their own unique land-use needs. To its credit, the New Jersey State Strategic Plan, which articulates a vision for future physical and economic development in the state, recognizes the importance of the ports and cites them as future growth areas.
Not only are New Jersey’s urbanized counties leading the state in population growth trends, the cities within those counties are also leading the way. This is good news for the most developed state in the country.
In the past three years, New Jersey’s county population growth patterns have shown a remarkable reversal from their previous trend toward outward-pushing sprawl development. The newest Census figures indicate a return to urban and inner-suburban counties, to more compact, walkable places.
Traffic congestion and per-capita GDP both rise in desirable urban areas. Smart-growth development policies could enhance productivity further by helping to reduce congestion.
Whether there’s a resurgence in walkable, urban-style living depends largely on what you choose to categorize as “urban.”
The cancellation of the ARC Tunnel does not mean the purchase of dual-mode locomotives is now unnecessary. These locomotives can still provide one-seat rides to many commuters.
New data show that more New Jersey commuters are relying on transit to get to work, and that, even with the decentralization of employment, there has been no increase in the percentage of solo drivers.