Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Sprawl

The kind of suburban residential and commercial development that has been prevalent in New Jersey over the last 40 years is referred to as sprawl.

It is characterized by: development of formerly “green” land; separated uses (homes, shopping, employment and recreational facilities far away from each other); low density single-family homes on large lots; dependence on cars to get around; and little public open space.

Sprawl development has turned out to be harmful to the state and its residents. Automobile-related pollution, loss of farmland, increased rates of obesity and increasingly unsustainable property tax rates are just some of the effects of sprawl development.

Smart-growth development, by contrast, seeks to direct growth to areas where infrastructure already exists, where higher densities make the provision of public services less expensive, and where different kinds of uses can be located near each other for easy access by residents, where the same amount of land produces higher tax revenues, and where transportation options other than cars are readily available.

Future Facts
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New Jersey Lags Behind in Some Key Real Estate Trends

New Jersey is well positioned to take advantage of some emerging real-estate trends outlined in a new report, but risks its competitiveness by lagging in others.

The Camden waterfront, where Lockheed Martin will be relocating. Photo: Flickr user Todd Mecklem
Economic Opportunity Act Retains Incentives’ Focus on Smart-Growth Locations

An examination by New Jersey Future shows that the state’s new business incentive programs are largely effective at following state plan guidelines and directing job growth to smart-growth areas.

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Fourth Regional Plan Conference Themes: Revitalization, Technology, Affordability and Access

The New Jersey Conference on the Fourth Regional Plan highlighted issues of affordability, transportation, technology, access to opportunity, and climate change.

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New County Population Estimates: Older Places Continue Their Revival

The new Census estimates show a continuation of county population trends: Older, already-built places see growth, and exurban counties see population losses.

Places To Age
Report: Many Older New Jerseyans Don’t Live in Aging-Friendly Places

A new report identifies a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared, from a land-use perspective, to accommodate them.

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.

The Camden waterfront, where Lockheed Martin will be relocating. Photo: Flickr user Todd Mecklem
New Jersey’s Economic Opportunity Act and Smart Growth: A Progress Report

The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 included additional incentives for projects destined for “smart-growth” areas. This report analyzes how effective the updated incentives have been at directing growth to those areas. December 2014.

Places To Age
Creating Places To Age in New Jersey

There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. January 2014.

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Smart Growth Awards 2015 Call for Nominations

Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.

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Transfer of Development Rights and Clustering

Trransfer of development rights (TDR) and clustering are tools that municipalities in New Jersey can use to direct growth and preserve open space.

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