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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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Overcoming Developer Obstacles to Redevelopment

As redevelopment becomes the norm for accommodating growth in New Jersey, a new report identifies the drivers of redevelopment cost and risk, and highlights strategies to reduce them.

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Can New Jersey’s Older Residents Afford Their Housing?

A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.

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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.

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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.

Articles and Stories
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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