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..
Concerns over Gov. Christie’s Sandy Recovery Action Plan include insufficient funds for planning, too little assistance for low-income renters.
The differing needs that ports have from their host municipalities leads to an ongoing balancing act across multiple jurisdictions.
An effort to incorporate public health impacts into all policies can result in smarter transportation and local land-use planning.
At this Redevelopment Forum session, speakers emphasized that changing demographics will mean municipalities will need to plan for changing housing needs.
Four innovative projects and three visionary plans comprise the list of winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards.
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.
Jan. 13, 2013 — Two of the most successful and popular economic incentive programs – the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit and the Economic Redevelopment and Growth program – are proposed to change. One of the strongest themes that run through these two programs is that they have powerful smart-growth location-based criteria that provide incentives for businesses to grow in places with the appropriate infrastructure and not in places with important environmental features or that will be more costly for the state.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 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
- 01/17/2012: Reaction to State of the State Address
- 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
- 11/21/2011: A4128, the "Adaptive Approval" bill
- 12/10/2010: Testimony Supporting Vertical GDP and Mixed Use Transit Hubs
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- Cluster bill - summary of key provisions
- 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)
- Wastewater Planning County Fact Sheets
- 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
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- 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