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.
Concerns over Gov. Christie’s Sandy Recovery Action Plan include insufficient funds for planning, too little assistance for low-income renters.
Four innovative projects and three visionary plans comprise the list of winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards.
The Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore conference brought together a diverse group including university professors, planners, engineers, attorneys, FEMA employees, architects, local and state officials and others concerned with the future of the New Jersey coastline.
The State Planning Commission delayed its vote on the proposed State Strategic Plan in order to allow time for public comment and to consider addressing issues of shore development in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The final draft State Strategic Plan has been released, and the State Planning Commission will vote on its adoption Nov. 13. New Jersey Future issued a statement on the changes in the plan.
The Jersey Shore is one of the state’s most treasured assets: people live there, vacation there, and work there, and the region is a significant driver of New Jersey’s economic growth. But we must rebuild it in different ways in order for it to survive severe weather events such as Hurricane Sandy. Here are just some of the critical questions that must be addressed at all levels if we’re going to make the Shore a more resilient, more sustainable place.
Johnson & Johnson is establishing four life-sciences innovation centers but none in New Jersey, even though the state has many of the key assets that can make innovation districts successful. New Jersey needs ways to put an innovation district strategy to work here.
Ports, and their attendant goods-distribution industries, are one of the pillars of New Jersey’s economy, and they have their own unique land-use needs. To its credit, the New Jersey State Strategic Plan, which articulates a vision for future physical and economic development in the state, recognizes the importance of the ports and cites them as future growth areas.
New Jersey has recently been losing jobs in several of the key industries highlighted in the draft State Strategic Plan. An examination of innovation districts as an economic growth strategy suggests state investments in key industries should be strongly linked to the kinds of smart-growth places where they can flourish.