Working for Smart Growth:
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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

Future Facts
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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.

Damaged homes along the Jersey Shore (Courtesy of Greg Thompson, USFWS)
NRDC: Risk Assessment Must Be Part of New Jersey’s Sandy Recovery Programs

A national organization that co-signed New Jersey Future’s comments on the draft plan for the next round of federal Sandy aid emphasizes why robust risk assessments must be included in how aid is distributed.

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‘Shored Up’: An Important Primer on Complex Coastal Development Issues

A new documentary explores the complex issues surrounding development along our increasingly vulnerable coastlines.

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.

Fort Lauderdale. Photo source: Milei.vencel via wikimediacommons
New Jersey Must Count the True Costs of Preparing for Sea-Level Rise

Fort Lauderdale’s efforts offer an early look at the true costs to coastal municipalities of trying to stay ahead of sea-level rise.

Articles and Stories
Many Older Residents in New Jersey Live in Aging-Unfriendly Places

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.

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.

Planning with the Future in Mind – or Not?

Sept. 23, 2013 — It’s time to connect the dots between sea level rise and post-Sandy recovery planning.

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Smart Growth FAQ

Some frequently-asked questions about how smart growth would affect New Jersey’s future development, including how it affects traffic, taxes, and land preservation.

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New Jerseyans Support Statewide Planning and Water Quality Protection

Oct. 11, 2011 — A new statewide poll commissioned in part by New Jersey Future shows that New Jersey residents think the way the state has developed over the last 20 years has made it less affordable and more difficult to travel. They support more compact communities with greater transportation choices, protection of critical resources like drinking water, and regional coordination of land-use planning efforts.

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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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