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.
Contrary to some reports, the slowdown in population growth in New Jersey’s northwestern exurbs is not the result of restrictions on development imposed by the Highlands Act.
Three cities offer three approaches to urban downtown revitalization.
Finding the most appropriate solution for a vacant property will almost always have multiple positive effects. Often the best solution is not demolition.
The new Census estimates show a continuation of county population trends: Older, already-built places see growth, and exurban counties see population losses.
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.
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
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.
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.
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