Somerset County is analyzing where to invest for growth and how to retrofit obsolete suburban office parks now that employers are once again focusing on transit-accessible locations.
The New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs is making $5 million in federal disaster recovery funds available to municipalities for resiliency planning.
A new survey shows that since Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey residents understand better the implications of climate change but don’t want to pay for necessary changes to improve their communities’ resiliency.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by several New Jersey legislators would, if passed, direct additional aid to Sandy-stricken communities in the state.
Modest initiatives in planning can help future-proof communities against tomorrow’s extreme weather. Federal Sandy recovery funds should cover these investments.
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.
Four innovative projects and three visionary plans comprise the list of winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards.