Cities and Towns
Smart growth means taking advantage of infrastructure that already exists, capitalizing on the streets and sidewalks, the water pipes and sewer systems, the central business districts, the residential neighborhoods, the parks and recreational facilities that give established cities and towns their distinct identities and attractions.
Directing future investment to these centers, both large and small, will ensure that we use our land most efficiently and effectively, preserve the surrounding open space and halt the spread of suburban sprawl. Revitalizing our urban areas through redevelopment, and enhancing our towns by preserving community character, design and historic features, and creating walkable spaces, a vibrant mix of uses and a range of housing options, will make New Jersey a truly sustainable state..
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 10 finalist projects in its Rebuild by Design competition.
Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.
This is the latest in a series of articles from our friends at NJ Spotlight laying out the critical policy challenges that the next governor and Legislature will face, as well as their positions on these issues.
Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.
The State Planning Commission has approved a resolution supporting Somerset County’s Strategic Investment Framework, a recognition well deserved.
Oct. 15, 2013 — New Jersey is the most intensively developed state in the country. In 1986, recognizing the critical role the state must play in directing future growth and aligning resources accordingly, New Jersey passed the State Planning Act — a groundbreaking effort to coordinate land-use planning across state agencies and different levels of government.
New Jersey has 243 transit facilities, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location’s potential. This report shows how data assembled by New Jersey Future can be used to make decisions on how to target various kinds of transit-oriented development efforts. September 2012.
Four innovative projects, two visionary plans and a statewide policy are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards. Diane Sterner receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
2013 Smart Growth Awards: Diane Sterner, the founding executive director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is the recipient of the 2013 Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
Two plans, an innovative zoning code, a feasibility study and three projects are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2012 Smart Growth Awards. Joseph M. Taylor receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- NJFuture Cluster Presentation I Open for Municipalities
- 12/10/2010: Testimony Supporting Vertical GDP and Mixed Use Transit Hubs
- Case Studies of Non-Contiguous Clustering in New Jersey 04-12
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- Built Out Permit Activity 12-10
- Built Out 12-10
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- Leinberger in the League Magazin
- 11/30/2011: Coalition Statement on Grow NJ Bill
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- Wastewater Planning County Fact Sheets
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- How Clustering Works
- Statutory and Regulatory Barriers to Green Infrastructure in New Jersey 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- 11/21/2011: A4128, the "Adaptive Approval" bill
- Financial Benefits of Density in Two New Jersey Downtowns 7-11 (Intern report)
- 11/11/2011: Statement: On S2950 A4128, the Adaptive Approval bill
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 01/17/2012: Reaction to State of the State Address
- 10/18/2011: Comments: Proposed Amendments to BPU Main Extension Rules
- Transit-Oriented Development Workshop for HCDNNJ memb mtg 06-15-2011
- 05/07/2009 Testimony on Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act
- Presentation: Land Preservation Using Off-site Clustering 03-19-11
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development
- 12-14-2010 Testimony on Historic Property Reinvestment Act
- Transfer of Development Rights Task Force Report 08-11-10
- Chasing Their Tails: Municipal Ratables Chase Doesn't Necessarily Pay 07-10
- Getting to Work 11-08
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08
- Brownfields Redevelopment 01-08
- Moving Out: New Jersey's Population Growth and Migration Patterns
- Historic Preservation 03-05
- Race to the Middle: The Homogenization of New Jersey's Population Density
- Impact Fees 01-04
- Realistic Opportunity? The Distribution of Affordable Housing and Jobs in New Jersey
- Municipal Resource Conservation Assessment 06-01
- Case Study Hopewell Township 08-00