Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Transit Oriented Development

Nominations Now Open for 2014 Smart Growth Awards

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.

Somerset County Releases Study on Repurposing Under-Utilized Commercial Properties

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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.

Memo to Municipalities: Get Creative and Flexible if You Want Those Office Parks Redeveloped

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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 Forum Highlights Economic Competitiveness Needs

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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.

New Jersey Future Receives Housing Award

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Central Jersey Housing Resource Center honored New Jersey Future with its Outstanding Achievement in Affordable Housing Award.

Economic Opportunity Act Will Dilute State Incentives and Subsidize Sprawl – Unless Amended

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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.

The Coming Boom in White Elephants

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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.

Planning to Build on Light Rail Success

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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.

TOD Line Newsletter Launched to Highlight TOD Advances and Experiences

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

A new newsletter from the Land Use Law Center at PACE University, focused on transit-oriented development issues.

Safe Routes to School: Small Steps for Healthy Kids

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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.

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