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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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New Zoning Codes: More Housing Options, More Mixed Use, Less Parking

A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.

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Bayside Flooding Highlights Inherent Vulnerability of Barrier Islands

Bayside flooding during winter storm Jonas highlights just how vulnerable New Jersey’s barrier islands are. ‘Soft defense’ measures seem to offer the most effective long-term approaches.

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Overcoming Developer Obstacles to Redevelopment

As redevelopment becomes the norm for accommodating growth in New Jersey, a new report identifies the drivers of redevelopment cost and risk, and highlights strategies to reduce them.

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Smart Growth in the Somerset Hills

Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.

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Conference Pinpoints Water as Defining Issue for Next Generation

The inaugural New Jersey Urban Water Conference outlined the challenges and opportunities in upgrading New Jersey’s inadequate urban water infrastructure. The new collaborative Jersey Water Works was officially introduced.

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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Honoring Dr. George Pruitt

A cocktail reception Oct. 29, 2015, to honor Dr. George Pruitt, a leader in higher education and redevelopment and a friend of New Jersey Future.

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