Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Transit Oriented Development

Hopewell Becomes First Municipality in New Jersey To Adopt Complete Streets Ordinance

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Hopewell became the 103th municipality to adopt such a policy and the first municipality to do so via a Complete Streets ordinance.

Investing in Transit Is an Economic Incentive

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Cities around the country are discovering that investments in transit bring economic benefits. New Jersey could take a lesson.

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.

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