Comments from New Jersey Future and six other organizations call for the state’s draft hazard mitigation plan to be modified to take greater account of climate-based risks, and to integrate more closely with local planning efforts.
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The new Census estimates show a continuation of county population trends: Older, already-built places see growth, and exurban counties see population losses.
Executive Director Peter Kasabach made his debut April 2 on Al Jazeera America, joining a panel on Ray Suarez’s show Inside Story to talk about the importance of understanding the risks posed by a changing climate, and giving communities the leadership and resources they need to plan accordingly.
At a Redevelopment Forum session on climate change, speakers were clear: New Jersey is paying insufficient attention to the increasing risks of a changing climate, and both good leadership and good information are needed if that is to change.
A range of options, addressing both supply alternatives and asset isolation and protection, is available to municipalities that want to make themselves more energy-resilient during emergencies.
The use of green-infrastructure elements can add real estate value through both higher revenues and lower costs, but they must be incorporated early in the design process.
For the first time, the state will accept public comment on its newly released draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. All interested parties are encouraged to submit comments.
A national organization that co-signed New Jersey Future’s comments on the draft plan for the next round of federal Sandy aid emphasizes why robust risk assessments must be included in how aid is distributed.
A new documentary explores the complex issues surrounding development along our increasingly vulnerable coastlines.
A new report identifies a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared, from a land-use perspective, to accommodate them.