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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
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Three Communities Step Up To Mainstream Green Infrastructure

The communities of Byram, Hammonton and Newton have been selected as pilot towns for New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure project.

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Design Professionals Walk Away With Practical Green Infrastructure Insights

In its second series of workshops, New Jersey Future brought together design professionals working in the Highlands and Pinelands regions to expand their understanding of green infrastructure.

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New Jersey Future Wins National Award for Sandy Report

New Jersey Future’s post-Sandy recovery planning report “In Deep” wins a national floodplain management award.

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New Jersey Future’s Teri Jover Named Sustainability Hero

A profile of New Jersey Future’s Teri Jover, who has been named Sustainable Jersey’s Sustainability Hero for June 2016.

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Three New Jersey Cities Selected To Accelerate Water Infrastructure Innovation

Gloucester City, Jersey City, and Perth Amboy will receive technical assistance and engineering support services to design innovative, financeable projects that reduce combined sewer outflows (CSOs) while also making neighborhoods and downtowns better places to live, work, and invest.

Articles and Stories
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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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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.

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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.

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