Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


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
The New Leadership Is Local

At New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum, keynote speaker Bruce Katz outlined a new framework for governance and economic growth in the 21st century, focused on local and metropolitan cross-sector collaborations.

New Jersey Shows Small Population Growth in Latest Census Estimate

The latest Census estimates show that New Jersey’s population is still growing, albeit at approximately half the national growth rate. The state’s population topped 9 million for the first time.

How the Fourth Regional Plan Could Affect New Jersey

The Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan was unveiled Nov. 30. Many of its recommendations support New Jersey Future’s Gubernatorial Blueprint, and carry implications for how New Jersey will grow in the future as part of the tri-state metropolitan area.

Smart-Growth Policy Priorities Well Represented on Murphy Transition Team

Smart-growth policy issues are well represented by the 15 experts now or formerly associated with New Jersey Future who have been named to the transition teams working with Governor-elect Phil Murphy.

Symposium Addresses Dangers of Inaction on Climate Change

A range of speakers at New Jersey Future’s Shore of the Future event highlighted the need for broad-scale responses to the threat of climate change, and the costs of inaction.

Articles and Stories
Redeveloping the Norm: Identifying and Overcoming Developer Obstacles to Redevelopment in New Jersey

This report identifies strategies to lower both cost and risk in redevelopment projects, as redevelopment increasingly becomes the norm for accommodating growth in New Jersey. January 2016.

Creating Places To Age: Housing Affordability and Aging-Friendly Communities

In this report, New Jersey Future analyzed housing affordability in each New Jersey municipality, to see where households headed by someone 65 or older have high housing costs. The places where housing cost burden is greatest fall into two groups: towns that are expensive for everyone, and towns that are dominated by larger, single-family housing stock. December 2015.

Growing Smart and Water Wise

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.

Ripple Effects

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.

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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.

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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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