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
Cooper Plaza Homes in Camden.
Post-Recession, Housing Growth and Value in Distressed Municipalities Keep Pace With Non-Distressed

An analysis of growth in residential certificates of occupancy and changes in home values suggests that distressed municipalities have fared at least as well as their non-distressed counterparts since the Great Recession.

Palmer Square in Princeton. The town is the first in New Jersey to receive the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly designation.
Transportation, Housing Improvements Needed To Make New Jersey Towns More Aging-Friendly

Two recent articles highlight the difficulties many New Jersey towns have in making themselves accommodating to older residents.

Forum Keynote: Opportunities (and Challenges) for Great Change

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.

APA Conference
New Jersey Future Staff To Speak at APA-NJ Conference

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 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.

Articles and Stories
Pinelands Report - Cover
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 - Report Page
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.

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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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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