In New Jersey, the power to plan and zone for development is largely in the hands of the state’s 566 municipalities.
The Municipal Land Use Law (NJSA 40:55D-1) grants towns the power to enact a master plan to set land-use priorities and direction, as well as adopt a zoning ordinance to dictate where and in what form development should take, all with the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and welfare of citizens. The local zoning administrator, as well as the volunteer planning and zoning board members, have the responsibility to interpret and enforce the community’s master plan and zoning ordinance. Because development impacts do not stop at municipal borders, it is important to provide communities with the necessary guidance, tools, laws and regulations to make sound land-use decisions that reflect the broader planning context.
New Jersey Future is offering a competitive grant to encourage municipalities to develop noncontiguous-clustering ordinances.
The new HUD Sandy funding notice focuses on infrastructure and requires forward-looking risk assessments, including considerations of climate change.
New Jersey Future is offering two new webinars and a grant to encourage municipalities to take advantage of updated non-contiguous cluster development tools.
Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.
Complete Streets is, in Charles Marohn’s opinion, a worthy effort to direct streets and roads back to their original intended uses, and to boost the value inherent in walkable downtowns.
Two webinars examining how communities can implement the state’s updated non-contiguous cluster development law to steer growth to areas that make sense and preserve the open land that would otherwise have been needed to accommodate that growth. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at noon and Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at noon.
A conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.
A gathering on the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to connect with others involved in rebuilding the Jersey Shore.
Nov. 13, 2013 — The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its notice for states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for the next round of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.
Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- Assessment of Solar Siting in New Jersey 5-11 (Intern report)
- Financial Benefits of Density in Two New Jersey Downtowns 7-11 (Intern report)
- Cluster Presentation - NJ Farm Bureau 1-4-2012
- Case Studies of Non-Contiguous Clustering in New Jersey 04-12
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- Case Studies in Transfer of Development Rights 8-10 (Intern report)
- NJFuture Cluster Presentation I Open for Municipalities
- ShapingNJ Community Pilot Meeting Overview 06-09-11
- Transit-Oriented Development Workshop for HCDNNJ memb mtg 06-15-2011
- Notes on Affordable Land Preservation Tools 6-1-11
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development
- 12-10-2010: Testimony: Amendments to Assembly Affordable Housing Bill A3447
- 05-18-2009 Testimony on Smart Housing Incentives Act
- Historic Preservation 03-05
- Affordable Housing Policy 10-04
- Impact Fees 01-04
- Tax Reform 09-03
- Case Study Hopewell Township 08-00