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.
A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.
Bayside flooding during winter storm Jonas highlights just how vulnerable New Jersey’s barrier islands are. ‘Soft defense’ measures seem to offer the most effective long-term approaches.
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.
Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.
The inaugural New Jersey Urban Water Conference outlined the challenges and opportunities in upgrading New Jersey’s inadequate urban water infrastructure. The new collaborative Jersey Water Works was officially introduced.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to present their plans to restore the Assunpink Creek at a Sept. 15 meeting.
How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.
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.
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.
A cocktail reception Oct. 29, 2015, to honor Dr. George Pruitt, a leader in higher education and redevelopment and a friend of New Jersey Future.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- New Jersey Future Testimony on New Jersey applications for HUD disaster-relief funds 02-11-2016
- New Jersey Future Redeveloping the Norm
- Recommendations on Unmet Needs, NJF, 12-27-13
- Planning Needs Description New Jersey Future 5-31-13
- Sample Local Recovery Planning Manager Resolution of Engagement
- Sample Local Recovery Planning Manager Memorandum of Agreement
- Risk analysis public mtg presentation Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor 4-14-15
- Strategic Recovery Planning Report Tuckerton 4-15-15
- Local Recovery Planning Manager Scope of Services Tuckerton-Little Egg Harbor 1-31-14
- 08/31/2015: Hudson River RBD Project COP Comments
- Can We Depend on Our Water Infrastructure?
- 2014-11-18_Trenton Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study.compressed
- 12/17/2014: New Jersey Future Plan Endorsement Extension Comments
- Sea Bright exposure analysis
- New Jersey Future Stormwater Utilities Report 9-14 (Intern Report)
- Roxanne Qualls presentation on Cincinnati
- New Jersey Future Van Abs 2014 Pinelands Growth Area Water Assessment
- Agenda for Change
- 03/05/2014: Sandy Action Plan Amendment Planning Letter
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- NJFuture Cluster Presentation I Open for Municipalities
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- Case Studies of Non-Contiguous Clustering in New Jersey 04-12
- Cluster Presentation - NJ Farm Bureau 1-4-2012
- Financial Benefits of Density in Two New Jersey Downtowns 7-11 (Intern report)
- Assessment of Solar Siting in New Jersey 5-11 (Intern report)
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- ShapingNJ Community Pilot Meeting Overview 06-09-11
- Case Studies in Transfer of Development Rights 8-10 (Intern report)
- Transit-Oriented Development Workshop for HCDNNJ memb mtg 06-15-2011
- 05-18-2009 Testimony on Smart Housing Incentives Act
- 12-10-2010: Testimony: Amendments to Assembly Affordable Housing Bill A3447
- Notes on Affordable Land Preservation Tools 6-1-11
- Case Study Hopewell Township 08-00
- Tax Reform 09-03
- Impact Fees 01-04
- Affordable Housing Policy 10-04
- Historic Preservation 03-05
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development