Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Community Design

New Zoning Codes: More Housing Options, More Mixed Use, Less Parking

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.

Bayside Flooding Highlights Inherent Vulnerability of Barrier Islands

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Bayside flooding during winter storm Jonas highlights just how vulnerable New Jersey’s barrier islands are. ‘Soft defense’ measures seem to offer the most effective long-term approaches.

Smart Growth in the Somerset Hills

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.

Workshop Focuses on Helping Coastal Communities Confront Climate Risks

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

An invitation-only workshop hosted by the Consensus Building Institute focused on helping coastal communities talk openly about options for reducing their vulnerability to climate threats.

Can New Jersey’s Older Residents Afford Their Housing?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.

New Jersey Gets a D+ on New Climate Preparedness Report Card

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A new report card on preparedness for climate change gives New Jersey a low grade for failing to put plans in place to mitigate future risks.

Report: Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns on Road Usage

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

In this report, New Jersey Future and Smart Growth America analyzed per-capita road usage. The results show that places with the highest activity density have the lowest per-capita usage, suggesting per-capita road-maintenance costs can be reduced by even marginal increases in density.

Rebuild By Design Resiliency Projects: A Status Update

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

New Jersey Future recently submitted comments on two Rebuild By Design resiliency projects, emphasizing the need to incorporate climate projections into planning, and to develop a robust public-engagement plan.

Are Towns in a Better Position to Make Long-Term Resiliency Decisions?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A new report examines lessons learned from the groundbreaking local-recovery program piloted by New Jersey Future in six Sandy-affected towns.

Surgeon General’s #StepItUp Campaign Highlights Land-Use Challenges to Regular Walking

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The surgeon general’s call for more walking, and acknowledgement that not all communities are designed to foster walking, is a welcome recognition of the importance of smart-growth design.

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