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.
New Jersey Future is offering a competitive grant to encourage municipalities to develop noncontiguous-clustering ordinances.
New Jersey Future is offering two new webinars and a grant to encourage municipalities to take advantage of updated non-contiguous cluster development tools.
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 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.
Unless we focus on difficult, long-term issues, we risk making New Jersey less competitive and hindering our future growth and prosperity.
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.
Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.
Trransfer of development rights (TDR) and clustering are tools that municipalities in New Jersey can use to direct growth and preserve open space.
An overview of cluster development in New Jersey, along with relevant resources.
Some frequently-asked questions about how smart growth would affect New Jersey’s future development, including how it affects traffic, taxes, and land preservation.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- Smart Growth NJ August 2011 Poll Report
- 10/14/2011: Comments: OCE Clean Energy Incentives Proposal
- 10/18/2011: Comments: Proposed Amendments to BPU Main Extension Rules
- Executive Order-78
- Financial Benefits of Density in Two New Jersey Downtowns 7-11 (Intern report)
- 11/30/2011: Coalition Statement on Grow NJ Bill
- Land Use Trends NJPHA 2011
- 12/14/2011: Joint Statement on A4422-S3165 Permit Extension Act
- Built Out 12-10
- Built Out Permit Activity 12-10
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- How Clustering Works
- 3/11/2013: Economic Investments Strategically and Avoid Subsidizing Sprawl
- Presentation: Affordable Land Preservation Tools 6-1-11
- Notes on Affordable Land Preservation Tools 6-1-11
- Presentation: The Status of Transfer of Development Rights in New Jersey 12-10
- Transfer of Development Rights Task Force Report 08-11-10
- Case Studies in Transfer of Development Rights 8-10 (Intern report)
- Planning Ahead 11-09
- 05/07/2009 Testimony on Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act
- 04-03-2009 Letter to DEP re Global Warming Solutions Fund Rules
- Getting to Work 11-08
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08
- APA-NJ Non-Contiguous Clustering 3-08
- Moving Out: New Jersey's Population Growth and Migration Patterns
- Historic Preservation 03-05
- Race to the Middle: The Homogenization of New Jersey's Population Density
- Transfer of Development Rights (Updated) 05-04
- A New Vision for the Highlands 02-04
- Impact Fees 01-04
- Tax Reform 09-03
- Smart Conservation: The "Green" Side of Smart Growth
- Rethinking Farmland Preservation in New Jersey 05-01
- Achieving Genuine Prosperity 04-01
- Case Study Hopewell Township 08-00