Working for Smart Growth:
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Local Planning

Downtown Millville during their monthly Third Friday event. Source: NJSLOM

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.

Future Facts
Symposium Addresses Dangers of Inaction on Climate Change

A range of speakers at New Jersey Future’s Shore of the Future event highlighted the need for broad-scale responses to the threat of climate change, and the costs of inaction.

Analysis: New Jersey Is Losing Its Millennials

A new analysis of Census data shows that New Jersey’s Millennials prefer living in vibrant, mixed-use, transit-served places. However, the state is losing these young adults.

Newark–Philadelphia Study Visit Focuses on Implementing Green Infrastructure at Scale

Representatives from the City of Newark visited the Philadelphia Water Department to learn more about implementing green infrastructure at scale to help manage stormwater.

Gubernatorial Candidates on Key Issues Facing New Jersey

We asked the Democrat and Republican candidates for governor how they would approach some of the key issues the winner will face when he or she takes office. Here is what they said.

Proposed Rule Change Would Allow Development on Piers

New Jersey Future’s comments urge the DEP not to amend existing rules restricting development in high flood-risk areas.

Articles and Stories
Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

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.

New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

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.

Strong Towns Presentation

Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn will visit Hackensack April 13, 2016, to deliver a presentation on ways to invest for community resiliency and prosperity.

Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

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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