Demographics & Trends
A key aspect of planning effectively for the future, in terms of where and how to spend money on infrastructure and state government services, is being aware of demographic and macroeconomic trends that may affect the amount of growth New Jersey is likely to experience, our capacity to accommodate it and what physical form the growth is likely to take.
Many of these trends transcend New Jersey’s borders and are beyond the ability of lower levels of government to address. Ideally, state-level planning should focus on these issues and develop or modify policies to adapt to them. Trends in household composition (and the resulting demand for different housing-unit types), retail, and the locational preferences of different types of employers will all affect what kinds of buildings need to be built, and where.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
Two recent articles highlight the difficulties many New Jersey towns have in making themselves accommodating to older residents.
Redevelopment Forum keynote speaker Lynn Richards from Congress for the New Urbanism argued that this is the moment for great change in how we grow and develop.
New Jersey Future staff will speak in four sessions at APA-NJ’s annual planning conference Jan. 29 and 30, including a special screening of the documentary film Shored Up.
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 results of a survey of officials responsible for downtown revitalization in New Jersey show a need for greater proactivity, even as demographics provide an unprecedented opportunity.
Development in the Pinelands growth areas has affected water resources and will continue to exert pressures going forward. This report highlights what can be done by municipal, regional and state agencies to minimize their negative impacts. July 2014.
This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.
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.
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.
Sept. 23, 2013 — It’s time to connect the dots between sea level rise and post-Sandy recovery planning.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Roxanne Qualls presentation on Cincinnati
- 08/01/2014: Rule Proposal: DEP Docket No. 03-14-04
- New Jersey Future Van Abs 2014 Pinelands Growth Area Water Assessment
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- Land Use Trends NJPHA 2011
- DFatton Land Use Trends APA-NJ 11-4-2011
- CSturm State of Solar APA-NJ 11-4-2011
- Transit-Oriented Development Workshop for HCDNNJ memb mtg 06-15-2011
- Achieving Genuine Prosperity 04-01
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08
- Race to the Middle: The Homogenization of New Jersey's Population Density
- Moving Out: New Jersey's Population Growth and Migration Patterns
- Getting to Work 11-08
- Built Out Permit Activity 12-10
- Built Out 12-10