Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Planning and Governance

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.

New Jersey Future Celebrates George Pruitt

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

At a New Jersey Future reception, elected officials, friends and supporters came together on Oct. 29 to honor Dr. George Pruitt of Thomas Edison State College.

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 successes and lessons learned from the groundbreaking local-recovery program piloted by New Jersey Future in six Sandy-affected towns.

NJ Spotlight on Cities: Successful Development Requires a Community’s Blessing

Monday, October 26th, 2015

In a panel discussion at a conference on New Jersey’s cities, three developers explore what makes urban redevelopment successful.

New Driver for Downtown Economic Development in Trenton

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Trenton mayor announces a new collaborative economic-development entity that will help to spark downtown redevelopment in the city.

Post-Recession, Housing Growth and Value in Distressed Municipalities Keep Pace With Non-Distressed

Monday, October 5th, 2015

An analysis of growth in residential certificates of occupancy and changes in home values suggests that distressed municipalities have fared at least as well as their non-distressed counterparts since the Great Recession.

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.

New Jersey Future Trustee Gilbert To Receive NJPO Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Former State Planning Commission Chairman and current New Jersey Future Trustee Jim Gilbert will be presented with the New Jersey Planning Officials’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

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