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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
Flooding in South Jersey during winter storm Jonas. Courtesy NJ Spotlight.
Bayside Flooding Highlights Inherent Vulnerability of Barrier Islands

Bayside flooding during winter storm Jonas highlights just how vulnerable New Jersey’s barrier islands are. ‘Soft defense’ measures seem to offer the most effective long-term approaches.

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Smart Growth in the Somerset Hills

Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.

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Workshop Focuses on Helping Coastal Communities Confront Climate Risks

An invitation-only workshop hosted by the Consensus Building Institute focused on helping coastal communities talk openly about options for reducing their vulnerability to climate threats.

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Can New Jersey’s Older Residents Afford Their Housing?

A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.

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New Jersey Gets a D+ on New Climate Preparedness Report Card

A new report card on preparedness for climate change gives New Jersey a low grade for failing to put plans in place to mitigate future risks.

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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Creating Places To Age: Housing Affordability and Aging-Friendly Communities

In this report, New Jersey Future analyzed housing affordability in each New Jersey municipality, to see where households headed by someone 65 or older have high housing costs. The places where housing cost burden is greatest fall into two groups: towns that are expensive for everyone, and towns that are dominated by larger, single-family housing stock. December 2015.

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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.

Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns: Roads in New Jersey

In this report, New Jersey Future and Smart Growth America analyzed per-capita road usage. The results show that places with the highest activity density have the lowest per-capita usage, suggesting per-capita road-maintenance costs can be reduced by even marginal increases in density. November 2015.

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