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..
Three cities offer three approaches to urban downtown revitalization.
Finding the most appropriate solution for a vacant property will almost always have multiple positive effects. Often the best solution is not demolition.
The new Census estimates show a continuation of county population trends: Older, already-built places see growth, and exurban counties see population losses.
Three housing developments; two downtown plans; a transformative open-space plan; an anchor of hope for its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Former State Planning Commission Chairman Joe Maraziti will receive the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
For the first time, the state will accept public comment on its newly released draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. All interested parties are encouraged to submit comments.
April 1, 2014 — Three different types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; a plan that transformed an industrial riverfront into a premier urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards
Feb. 3, 2014 — The newly released Substantial Amendment for the Second Allocation of CDBG-DR funds, intended to guide the disbursement of $1.46 billion in Sandy recovery assistance, represents a step forward in both resiliency language and public involvement, but misses key steps needed to ensure taxpayer dollars are wisely spent to make New Jersey “Stronger than the Storm”.
March 19, 2014 — A research report recently released by New Jersey Future, Creating Places to Age in New Jersey, evaluates municipalities’ land-use patterns based on how well designed they are to accommodate the changing mobility needs of an aging population.
There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. January 2014.
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.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Wastewater Planning County Fact Sheets
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- 12/10/2010: Testimony Supporting Vertical GDP and Mixed Use Transit Hubs
- Case Studies of Non-Contiguous Clustering in New Jersey 04-12
- Built Out Permit Activity 12-10
- Built Out 12-10
- 01/17/2012: Reaction to State of the State Address
- 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
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- NJFuture Cluster Presentation I Open for Municipalities
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- How Clustering Works
- Statutory and Regulatory Barriers to Green Infrastructure in New Jersey 1-13 (Intern Report)
- 11/30/2011: Coalition Statement on Grow NJ Bill
- 11/21/2011: A4128, the "Adaptive Approval" bill
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 11/11/2011: Statement: On S2950 A4128, the Adaptive Approval bill
- 10/18/2011: Comments: Proposed Amendments to BPU Main Extension Rules
- Financial Benefits of Density in Two New Jersey Downtowns 7-11 (Intern report)
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 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