Modest initiatives in planning can help future-proof communities against tomorrow’s extreme weather. Federal Sandy recovery funds should cover these investments.
Planning and Governance
New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly approves the cluster development bill, which could see a Senate vote as soon as May 13.
Gov. Christie’s Sandy Recovery Action Plan doesn’t include funds, or a requirement, for long-term resiliency planning. Without those, New Jersey’s rebuilding efforts will not prepare the state sufficiently for the next major weather disaster.
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.
Concerns over Gov. Christie’s Sandy Recovery Action Plan include insufficient funds for planning, too little assistance for low-income renters.
The differing needs that ports have from their host municipalities leads to an ongoing balancing act across multiple jurisdictions.
An effort to incorporate public health impacts into all policies can result in smarter transportation and local land-use planning.
At this Redevelopment Forum session, speakers emphasized that changing demographics will mean municipalities will need to plan for changing housing needs.
Four innovative projects and three visionary plans comprise the list of winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards.
Speakers at a Redevelopment Forum panel session discuss the tools available that can help Shore towns rebuild quickly and well.