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
A day-long conference examined future risks from severe weather, and the steps New Jersey needs to take in order to be better protected.
A new report examines a range of technology-driven innovations that have the potential to disrupt the traditional processes of planning and development.
Based on experience with the first round of federal Sandy rebuilding funds, recommendations have been submitted for additional guidance on how to use the next round.
New Jersey’s “first suburbs” are becoming a leading indicator for the state’s increasing diversity, accompanied by all its opportunities and challenges. They are also often overlooked in favor of larger cities.
A new report from Somerset County that examines seven prototypical suburban commercial sites, with recommendations for redevelopment, could serve as a model for other counties.
Sept. 23, 2013 — It’s time to connect the dots between sea level rise and post-Sandy recovery planning.
Some frequently-asked questions about how smart growth would affect New Jersey’s future development, including how it affects traffic, taxes, and land preservation.
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.
Residential growth is happening further and further away from Route 1′s employment centers, making it harder for employers to recruit talent and leading them to contemplate locating elsewhere. Interviews with local, regional and county officials from the jurisdictions along Route 1 identified barriers to center-based growth and steps that can be taken to encourage it. July 2007.
October 21, 2011 — According to a recent Monmouth University poll, New Jerseyans want to live in walkable communities with access to amenities and transportation choices besides cars. It’s time we turned our resources toward inward-bound redevelopment instead of outward-bound sprawl.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- Built Out Permit Activity 12-10
- Built Out 12-10
- 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
- Getting to Work 11-08
- Climate Change and Land Use 10-08
- Moving Out: New Jersey's Population Growth and Migration Patterns
- Race to the Middle: The Homogenization of New Jersey's Population Density
- Achieving Genuine Prosperity 04-01