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.
Comments from New Jersey Future and six other organizations call for the state’s draft hazard mitigation plan to be modified to take greater account of climate-based risks, and to integrate more closely with local planning efforts.
Executive Director Peter Kasabach made his debut April 2 on Al Jazeera America, joining a panel on Ray Suarez’s show Inside Story to talk about the importance of understanding the risks posed by a changing climate, and giving communities the leadership and resources they need to plan accordingly.
Three housing developments; two downtown plans; a transformative open-space plan; an anchor of hope for its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Former State Planning Commission Chairman Joe Maraziti will receive the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
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 conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.
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 gathering on the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to connect with others involved in rebuilding the Jersey Shore.
March 11, 2014 — New Jerseyans concerned about the state’s ability to withstand future storms now have the opportunity to weigh in on a document that could lay the groundwork for a more resilient future. Comments will be accepted for a one-month period ending April 11.
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.
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