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 national organization that co-signed New Jersey Future’s comments on the draft plan for the next round of federal Sandy aid emphasizes why robust risk assessments must be included in how aid is distributed.
New Jersey Future calls for more emphasis on planning, transparency and risk assessment in the new Sandy Action Plan, saying to do less wastes taxpayer funds.
A new documentary explores the complex issues surrounding development along our increasingly vulnerable coastlines.
A new report identifies a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared, from a land-use perspective, to accommodate them.
In the key areas of infrastructure, planning and transparency, the state’s proposed Action Plan amendment is neither broad enough nor specific enough to honor taxpayers’ investment in New Jersey’s post-Sandy recovery.
Two webinars examining how communities can implement the state’s updated non-contiguous cluster development law to steer growth to areas that make sense and preserve the open land that would otherwise have been needed to accommodate that growth. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at noon and Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at noon.
A conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.
A gathering on the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to connect with others involved in rebuilding the Jersey Shore.
Nov. 13, 2013 — The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its notice for states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for the next round of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.
There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. February 2012.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- Case Studies of Non-Contiguous Clustering in New Jersey 04-12
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- Innovation Districts as Economic Growth Strategy 9-12 (Intern Report)
- Somerset County Investment Framework 1-13 (Intern Report)
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- Social Innovation and Smart Growth 9-13 (Intern Report)
- NJFuture Cluster Presentation I Open for Municipalities
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age Bergen-Passaic Supplement
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- 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)
- ShapingNJ Community Pilot Meeting Overview 06-09-11
- 03/05/2014: Sandy Action Plan Amendment Planning Letter
- Case Studies in Transfer of Development Rights 8-10 (Intern report)
- Transit-Oriented Development Workshop for HCDNNJ memb mtg 06-15-2011
- Notes on Affordable Land Preservation Tools 6-1-11
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development
- 12-10-2010: Testimony: Amendments to Assembly Affordable Housing Bill A3447
- 05-18-2009 Testimony on Smart Housing Incentives Act
- Historic Preservation 03-05
- Affordable Housing Policy 10-04
- Impact Fees 01-04
- Tax Reform 09-03
- Case Study Hopewell Township 08-00