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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
What is the Value of Green Infrastructure? New Tools and Events Drill Down

A new guide for developers and a related series of events are putting a spotlight on the benefits of incorporating green stormwater infrastructure into development projects.

Forum Roundup: Reinforce Your Redevelopment Strategy With Good Data

Good data about the market surrounding a redevelopment plan can help make sure the plan is substantial enough, and can convince community members to support it.

Forum Roundup: Making the Affordable Housing Numbers Work(able)

There are things municipalities can do to make fulfilling their affordable housing obligations workable, and an enhancement to the community.

Forum Roundup: Reimagining the Suburbs

A two-part Redevelopment Forum breakout session examined ways that New Jersey’s suburbs can be enhanced or reimagined in order to create the type of compact, walkable places that are in demand.

Guide Helps Unlock New Resources for Stormwater Management

New Jersey’s CSO Permittee Network used a workshop to explore ways to unlock nontraditional resources for managing stormwater and sewer overflows.

Articles and Stories
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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