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Community Design

Community design focuses on the building blocks of the built environment — the buildings, roads, sidewalks, parking lots and public spaces – and relates them to each other and the natural environment: the streams, wetlands, lakes and hills.

There are many different ways of arranging these building blocks, and the quality of the design affects both how communities look and how they function.  Community design also determines the scale and character of communities and, perhaps most important, how the scale and character are experienced by the public.  At a time of heightened public sensitivity over issues affecting land development, such as density, good community design plays an increasingly important role in shaping places that are embraced as welcome additions to towns.

Future Facts
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CNU President Is 2015 Forum Keynote Speaker

Incoming CNU President Lynn Richards will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Redevelopment Forum.

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Rebuild By Design Projects Must Ensure Equity, Resiliency, Public Involvement

Our comments on the proposed plan for the third round of federal Sandy recovery funds stress that implementation must ensure equity, public participation and resiliency.

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Study Highlights Opportunities for Green Infrastructure in Trenton

A new study highlights opportunities in Trenton where green infrastructure can be incorporated in order to reduce stormwater runoff.

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Lincoln Institute Symposium: Collaboration, Regional Focus Are Keys to Successful Resilience

At the Lincoln Institute symposium, panelists stressed that innovative resiliency solutions need collaboration and a regional focus.

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Preparing for the Next Sandy Requires Facing Hard Facts

We need to begin the difficult conversation about how to accommodate rising sea levels and future severe storms, if we’re going to be ready for the next Sandy.

Articles and Stories
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New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

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Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

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What’s Next After Rebuilding? Making Resilience Happen

An afternoon symposium Oct. 30, 2014, in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, focuses on how to advance, and pay for, increased resilience in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Approved for 2 AICP CM credits.

CDBG Action Plan Amendment Considers Resiliency

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”.

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