Redevelopment is reinvestment in neighborhoods and commercial areas to replace or repair previously developed buildings or plots of land that are in substandard condition or are no longer useful in their current state.
Redevelopment sites can be found in urban, suburban and rural locations, as well as on “brownfields” that may be contaminated by a previous industrial use. Redevelopment is a core component of smart growth in that it promotes development in existing communities with infrastructure and away from critical environmental lands and resources.
In New Jersey, redevelopment may be publicly or privately initiated, but it is often associated with the procedures and activities of municipalities as permitted by the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, including the “clearance, re-planning, development and redevelopment” of an area in accordance with an adopted municipal redevelopment plan.
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 10 finalist projects in its Rebuild by Design competition.
Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.
Complete Streets is, in Charles Marohn’s opinion, a worthy effort to direct streets and roads back to their original intended uses, and to boost the value inherent in walkable downtowns.
This is the latest in a series of articles from our friends at NJ Spotlight laying out the critical policy challenges that the next governor and Legislature will face, as well as their positions on these issues.
Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.
New Jersey has 243 transit facilities, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location’s potential. This report shows how data assembled by New Jersey Future can be used to make decisions on how to target various kinds of transit-oriented development efforts. September 2012.
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.
Oct. 18, 2013 — One of the most difficult things successful political leaders must do is to make decisions on behalf of their constituents that might be politically unpopular in the short term, but help to secure a more stable future for generations to come. New Jersey’s current economic stagnation brings this challenge into sharp focus: How can we invest the state’s limited funds strategically in ways that respect immediate budget needs but make the state more prosperous and globally competitive for the long term?
Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.
Four innovative projects, two visionary plans and a statewide policy are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2013 Smart Growth Awards. Diane Sterner receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- Built Out 12-10
- Built Out Permit Activity 12-10
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 12/10/2010: Testimony Supporting Vertical GDP and Mixed Use Transit Hubs
- 03/31/2011: Letter Supporting Vertical GDP Bill after Conditional Veto
- Wastewater Planning County Fact Sheets
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Statutory and Regulatory Barriers to Green Infrastructure in New Jersey 1-13 (Intern Report)
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- 03/19/2013: New Jersey Future CDBG-DR comments
- 01/17/2012: Reaction to State of the State Address
- 04/25/2013: A3680 Economic Opportunity Act
- Leinberger in the League Magazin
- 11/30/2011: Coalition Statement on Grow NJ Bill
- Executive Order-78
- 10/18/2011: Comments: Proposed Amendments to BPU Main Extension Rules
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 12-14-2010 Testimony on Historic Property Reinvestment Act
- Transfer of Development Rights Task Force Report 08-11-10
- Chasing Their Tails: Municipal Ratables Chase Doesn't Necessarily Pay 07-10
- 06/15/2009 Testimony re Adoption of Amended Stimulus Bill
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08
- Brownfields Redevelopment 01-08
- Historic Preservation 03-05
- Impact Fees 01-04