Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Land Preservation

New Jersey ranks as a national leader in land conservation, through popular state and local programs to preserve farmland and open space.  In round numbers, more than one-fourth of our state is publicly owned or deed-restricted parkland or farmland.   Yet suburbanization spreads further into the open countryside every day, threatening water supplies, fragmenting woodlands and wildlife habitats and “checker-boarding” farming areas. Some analysts have estimated “build out” of New Jersey’s remaining buildable land in 30-50 years. And, as cities, older suburbs and some small towns have deteriorated, so have their parks.

Our state’s land conservation programs can be made more efficient and effective by integrating the purchase of land with land-use planning and regulation, infrastructure investments and tax policy.  Transfer of development rights (TDR) and clustering, in particular, have the potential to preserve significant amounts of land at little or no public cost, provided they are made easier to use, as recommended by the TDR Statewide Policy Task Force. Only by coordinating all of our tools can we achieve an interconnected, regional web of open and healthy recreational areas, ecosystems, wildlife habitats, water supplies and agriculture, along with easy access to healthy neighborhood parks.

Future Facts
New Jersey Future Offers Grants To Foster Noncontiguous Clustering

New Jersey Future is offering a competitive grant to encourage municipalities to develop noncontiguous-clustering ordinances.

New Jersey Future Offers Webinar Series, Grant Program for Noncontiguous Cluster Development

New Jersey Future is offering two new webinars and a grant to encourage municipalities to take advantage of updated non-contiguous cluster development tools.

Nominations Now Open for 2014 Smart Growth Awards

Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.

Stafford Forge, Ocean County. Source: New Jersey Pinelands Commission
Key Issues: Silence on the Environment

This is the second 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.

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Four Key Issues for New Jersey’s Future

Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.

Articles and Stories
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Non-Contiguous Cluster Development

Two webinars examining how communities can implement the state’s updated non-contiguous cluster development law to steer growth to areas that make sense and preserve the open land that would otherwise have been needed to accommodate that growth. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at noon and Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at noon.

Paying Attention to New Jersey’s Future

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?

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2013 Smart Growth Award Winners

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.

Farmland in N. Hanover. Photo: Nicole Heater
Preserving Land through Market Real Estate Transactions

This report from New Jersey Future examines the use of non-contiguous clustering as a land-preservation tool in nine New Jersey municipalities. May 2012.

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2012 Smart Growth Award Winners

Two plans, an innovative zoning code, a feasibility study and three projects are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2012 Smart Growth Awards. Joseph M. Taylor receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.

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