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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.

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Opinion: Bill To Reform Meadowlands Commission an Ill-Planned Clean-Up Attempt

The president of the American Planning Association’s New Jersey chapter urges the Legislature to reconsider how it will address its proposed reform of the Meadowlands Commission.

The New Jersey Turnpike as it passes over the Meadowlands. Photo source: flickr user illinigardner
Meadowlands ‘Cleanup Bill’ Needs Cleaning Up

The proposed Meadowlands “cleanup” bill doesn’t go far enough to fix the flaws in the original legislation.

Hoboken's proposed Southwest Resiliency Park, an example of "green" infrastructure intended to capture stormwater before it runs into the city's sewer system.
Release of Combined-Sewer Permits Should Trigger Generational Investments in Affected Communities

The new DEP permits for combined sewers should spark significant investment in revitalization in New Jersey’s urban communities.

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COAH Decision Will Allow New Jersey To Move Forward With Fair Housing Process

The decision allows access to courts for affordable-housing challenges, re-opening the door to sound planning, production of housing for people of all incomes.

A rendering of the completed Assunpink "daylighting" project. Courtesy of BRS, Inc. for the City of Trenton.
DEP Approves Permits To Restore Assunpink Creek

The NJDEP has approved the permits necessary to daylight and restore Trenton’s Assunpink Creek. New Jersey Future has been involved with the project.

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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.

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Honoring Henry Coleman

A cocktail reception Oct. 30, 2014, to honor Henry A. Coleman, a dedicated public servant and a friend and trustee of New Jersey Future.

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