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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
Downtown Bordentown. Photo courtesy of JGSC Group.
Survey Will Help Identify Downtown Revitalization Needs

A survey of municipal officials and executives in charge of downtown revitalization will help identify towns’ most urgent redevelopment needs.

Diagram of how urban sewersheds function with separate (left) and combined (right) stormwater/sewage systems. Source: USEPA
Stormwater Utilities: A Tool for Managing Rainwater Runoff

A new report examines the need for stormwater utilities, how they are structured in other states, and how New Jersey communities could take advantage of them.

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Sept. 15 Community Meeting Will Focus on Reopening of Downtown Trenton’s Assunpink Creek

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Trenton are preparing to undertake a habitat restoration project that adds parkland and natural space.

L to R, front row: Katsumi Seki, visiting professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University; Yoshiaki Kawata, director and professor, Research Center for Social Safety Science, Kansai University. Back row: Dave Mammen, church administrator, Rutgers Presbyterian Church; Ichiro Matsuo, deputy director, Research Institute for Disaster Mitigation and Environmental Studies, Crisis & Environment Management Policy Institute; Joel Challender, researcher, Crisis & Environment Management Policy Institute; Chris Sturm, state policy director, New Jersey Future; David Kutner, recovery planning manager, New Jersey Future. Photo: Peter Kasabach
Delegation From Japan Visits To Compare Notes on Disaster Preparedness

A Japanese delegation visited New Jersey Future to compare notes on best practices and challenges in disaster preparedness.

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Report: Prompt Action Is Needed for Best-Practices Upgrade of New Jersey’s Urban Water Infrastructure

The report from a May convening stresses the need for prompt action on best-practices upgrades to New Jersey’s urban water systems.

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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.

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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.

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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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New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

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.

2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award Announced

April 29, 2014 – Respected environmental lawyer Joe Marazati receives 2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award at the Smart Growth Awards with New Jersey Future.

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