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.
Executive Director Peter Kasabach made his debut April 2 on Al Jazeera America, joining a panel on Ray Suarez’s show Inside Story to talk about the importance of understanding the risks posed by a changing climate, and giving communities the leadership and resources they need to plan accordingly.
At a Redevelopment Forum session on climate change, speakers were clear: New Jersey is paying insufficient attention to the increasing risks of a changing climate, and both good leadership and good information are needed if that is to change.
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.
A new documentary explores the complex issues surrounding development along our increasingly vulnerable coastlines.
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.
Sept. 23, 2013 — It’s time to connect the dots between sea level rise and post-Sandy recovery planning.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- How Clustering Works
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- 02/03/2014: Statement on CDBG-DR Funds
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- DFatton Land Use Trends APA-NJ 11-4-2011
- Financial Benefits of Density in Two New Jersey Downtowns 7-11 (Intern report)
- Land Use Trends NJPHA 2011
- 04/29/2013: Sandy Recovery Action Plan Doesn't Commit to Resiliency Planning, Sustainability
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- 12-14-2010 Testimony on Historic Property Reinvestment Act
- 05-18-2009 Testimony on Smart Housing Incentives Act
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08
- Smart Growth: The Basics 10-03