Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


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
Graphic courtesy of Smart Growth America.
Surgeon General’s #StepItUp Campaign Highlights Land-Use Challenges to Regular Walking

The surgeon general’s call for more walking, and acknowledgement that not all communities are designed to foster walking, is a welcome recognition of the importance of smart-growth design.

The Jackson Street CSO in Newark
Entering a New Era of New Jersey Urban Water Quality

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, one of 25 cities and utilities to receive DEP permits that require controlling sewage overflows, is the first to to indicate it will go above minimum requirements.

Palmer Square in Princeton. The town is the first in New Jersey to receive the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly designation.
Transportation, Housing Improvements Needed To Make New Jersey Towns More Aging-Friendly

Two recent articles highlight the difficulties many New Jersey towns have in making themselves accommodating to older residents.

Hoboken RBD
Outreach Plan for Hoboken Rebuild By Design Project Needs Improvement

The draft Citizen Outreach Plan for the Hudson River Rebuild By Design project needs to be expanded in several ways if it is to serve all affected citizens well.

The Cobalt, a proposed apartment development near the Somerville train station. Photo: Weiss Properties
Can Somerset County Attract Millennials?

A report from a studio class at the Bloustein School examines Somerset County’s opportunities to attract Millennials.

Articles and Stories
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.

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.

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.

Sandy aerial view slideshow
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.

Mantoloking Sandy
Webinar: Understanding Coastal Vulnerability

A one-hour webinar explaining a new, parcel-based tool that assesses financial vulnerability to coastal flooding and sea-level rise. Friday, May 15, 2015, noon – 1:00 pm.

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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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