Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.
Transit Oriented Development
A new report from Somerset County that examines seven prototypical suburban commercial sites, with recommendations for redevelopment, could serve as a model for other counties.
Re-imagining suburban office parks will be key to New Jersey’s economic vitality in the future. Municipalities can play a key role in making that easier.
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 Central Jersey Housing Resource Center honored New Jersey Future with its Outstanding Achievement in Affordable Housing Award.
A new bill streamlines New Jersey’s portfolio of economic incentives, but unless it is amended it will go too far toward subsidizing sprawl development.
A new Rutgers report highlights the coming problem of aging and abandoned suburban office parks. Those facilities that cannot be repurposed to meet the market demand for mixed-use, transit-accessible employment centers should not be the recipients of state job-creation incentives.
The Federal Transit Administration’s awarding of a $400,000 grant to examine the possibility of building a new light-rail station in Jersey City demonstrates tangible commitment to advancing economic development through transit-oriented development.
A new newsletter from the Land Use Law Center at PACE University, focused on transit-oriented development issues.
During National Walk and Bike to School month, we look at some compelling reasons to make it easier for schoolchildren to walk or bike to school – most notably increased physical activity and reduced traffic. The new federal transportation legislation includes funding for cycling and walking programs and infrastructure, but also enough flexibility that those funds might get diverted for other uses. We urge the New Jersey state DOT to keep bicycle and pedestrian funding, and we encourage the development of more communities where housing and schools are within walking distance of each other.