Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Housing and Equity

New Jersey’s current approach to housing has resulted in concentrated poverty in urban areas and reduced opportunities for families with modest incomes to live near where they work, since jobs have systematically been spreading across our suburban landscape instead of being focused in areas where public transportation exists or where we have already invested in infrastructure.  Moving forward, New Jersey will need to leverage market forces and public policy to create housing opportunities for lower-income households in high-opportunity places, especially near transit.  Simultaneously, the state’s housing and investment policies should support the strategic rebuilding of weak markets to create vibrant, mixed-income communities.

Future Facts
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Are Towns in a Better Position to Make Long-Term Resiliency Decisions?

A new report examines successes and lessons learned from the groundbreaking local-recovery program piloted by New Jersey Future in six Sandy-affected towns.

Housing near a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of NJTPA.
Research Reveals Recession’s Leveling Effect on Residential Development

New research shows that housing growth in New Jersey’s older-built-out places weathered the recession better than their greenfield counterparts.

Cooper Plaza Homes in Camden.
Post-Recession, Housing Growth and Value in Distressed Municipalities Keep Pace With Non-Distressed

An analysis of growth in residential certificates of occupancy and changes in home values suggests that distressed municipalities have fared at least as well as their non-distressed counterparts since the Great Recession.

Housing and Community Development Network Honors New Jersey Future With Community Partner Award

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey is honoring New Jersey Future with its Exceptional Community Partner Award.

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.

Articles and Stories
COAH Decision Will Result in More Effective Enforcement of Constitutional and Statutory Obligations, Say Planning, Housing Advocates

The New Jersey Supreme Court decision today in In re Adoption of N.J.A.C. 5:96 & 5:97 is a victory for balanced planning aimed at the inclusion of households of all income levels in our communities.

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Honoring Dr. George Pruitt

A cocktail reception Oct. 29, 2015, to honor Dr. George Pruitt, a leader in higher education and redevelopment and a friend of New Jersey Future.

Honoring Henry Coleman

A cocktail reception Oct. 30, 2014, to honor Henry A. Coleman, a dedicated public servant and a friend and trustee of New Jersey Future.

2014 Smart Growth Award-Winners Announced

April 1, 2014 — Three different types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; a plan that transformed an industrial riverfront into a premier urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards

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In Deep: Helping Sandy-Affected Communities Address Vulnerability and Confront Risk

An interim report, three years after Hurricane Sandy, on New Jersey Future’s groundbreaking local recovery planning manager program, including lessons learned and recommendations. October 2015.

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