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Local Planning

Chuck Marohn on the Value of Roads, Streets, and People

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

At a recent presentation in New Jersey, Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn talked about how people, rather than cars, create community wealth, and how we benefit from prioritizing people in our planning.

Demand for Transit Neighborhoods on the Rise

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Since the Great Recession, the growth rate in New Jersey’s transit-oriented areas has outstripped the growth rate in exurban areas and in the state overall, according to an analysis of new Census data.

Forum Feature: We Need To Do Transportation Planning for People, Not Cars. And We Need To Do It Fast.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Urban innovator, author and transportation expert Gabe Klein urged attendees at the Redevelopment Forum to re-think how they plan for people to move — and to stay in one place.

The Greatest Danger Facing New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown

Monday, April 4th, 2016

At a recent NJ Spotlight roundtable, water experts acknowledged we have only a vague idea of the state of our aging water systems, and of true cost of upgrading them.

Forum Roundup: The Mega-Ships Are Here! Are We Ready?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Mega-ships unloading at New Jersey ports will be a boon for the state, but we must be sure our port-related infrastructure is robust enough to handle the increased volume.

Forum Roundup: Finding the Opportunities in Affordable Housing

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Speakers at the Redevelopment Forum session on affordable housing all stressed the opportunities inherent in creating more affordable housing, and that towns should be proactive so they get the kind of housing that helps them meet other objectives.

Forum Roundup: Cities, Redevelopers Join Forces To Tackle Floodproofing, Sewer Upgrades

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

At the Redevelopment Forum, representatives from three cities detailed how they are engaging redevelopers in a number of ways to meet the challenge of flooding, aging infrastructure and climate change.

Design Competition Aims To Accelerate Water Infrastructure Innovation

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The Build it Green (BIG) Competition will provide technical assistance and engineering support services to selected New Jersey cities and utilities to design innovative, financeable projects that reduce combined sewer outflows (CSOs) while also making neighborhoods and downtowns better places to live, work and invest.

Happy Birthday, New Jersey State Plan!

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The New Jersey State Redevelopment and Development Plan just turned 15. It’s working, but it needs to work better.

Would Buyouts Be Good for Flood-Prone Mystic Island?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

A public information session will review findings and recommendations from a study of the health impacts of a buyout program on Mystic Island’s residents, and on the community overall.

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