Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

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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The Public Wins a Strengthened Role in Rebuild By Design Projects

Changes to the Rebuild By Design proposals now require stronger public engagement measures, something New Jersey Future recommended.

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Incorporating Green Infrastructure: The Time Is Now

Strategies from a session at the American Planning Association conference on zoning for green infrastructure.

Projected inundation in Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor in 2050.
Planning Our Coastal Future: Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton

Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton get their first look at New Jersey Future’s analysis of vulnerability to future flooding from sea-level rise.

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League of Municipalities Executive Director To Retire

New Jersey Future salutes the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ executive director, Bill Dressel, who is retiring after 41 years with the organization.

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Community Meetings To Focus on Flood Vulnerability, Potential Solutions

A series of free public meetings in Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor will focus on vulnerability to coastal flooding, and explore potential solutions.

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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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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