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Regional Planning

Recognizing the need for better land-use decisions, and the limitations of effective municipal governance, the New Jersey Legislature has passed an impressive succession of laws to promote regional planning.

Through these efforts, the Legislature showed its willingness to retrieve powers it had earlier delegated to the municipalities under the Municipal Land Use Law and other statutes in order to transform land-use governance in specific locations.  The most significant statutes in this series are: Hackensack Meadowlands Development Act (1969), the Pinelands Protection Act (1979) and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act (2004).  Together these regional areas comprise 2,800 square miles, or 37 percent of the state’s land area.   Regional planning occurs in a less comprehensive manner on the county level, authorized by the New Jersey County Planning Enabling Act (1935).  Other groups of municipalities have formed voluntary regional planning organizations in areas including the Sourland Mountain Area and the Great Swamp Watershed.

In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy devastated the New Jersey Shore, that area became a new focus for conversations around regional planning. To help inform the discussion, New Jersey Future has built a resource page focused on rebuilding a resilient shore.

Future Facts
Diagram of how urban sewersheds function with separate (left) and combined (right) stormwater/sewage systems. Source: USEPA
Stormwater Utilities: A Tool for Managing Rainwater Runoff

A new report examines the need for stormwater utilities, how they are structured in other states, and how New Jersey communities could take advantage of them.

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Thought Leaders to Gather at Regional Conference

A regional conference will explore the next generation of big ideas to be included in Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan.

L to R, front row: Katsumi Seki, visiting professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University; Yoshiaki Kawata, director and professor, Research Center for Social Safety Science, Kansai University. Back row: Dave Mammen, church administrator, Rutgers Presbyterian Church; Ichiro Matsuo, deputy director, Research Institute for Disaster Mitigation and Environmental Studies, Crisis & Environment Management Policy Institute; Joel Challender, researcher, Crisis & Environment Management Policy Institute; Chris Sturm, state policy director, New Jersey Future; David Kutner, recovery planning manager, New Jersey Future. Photo: Peter Kasabach
Delegation From Japan Visits To Compare Notes on Disaster Preparedness

A Japanese delegation visited New Jersey Future to compare notes on best practices and challenges in disaster preparedness.

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Report: Prompt Action Is Needed for Best-Practices Upgrade of New Jersey’s Urban Water Infrastructure

The report from a May convening stresses the need for prompt action on best-practices upgrades to New Jersey’s urban water systems.

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Documentary About Coastal Development in New Jersey To Be Shown in Rumson

New Jersey Future is sponsoring a free screening Sept. 20 of Shored Up, a documentary that examines the difficult issues related to coastal development in the face of severe weather and sea level rise. After the screening there will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.

Articles and Stories
2014 Smart Growth Award-Winners Announced

April 1, 2014 — Three different types of housing developments; two plans to revitalize fading downtowns; a plan that transformed an industrial riverfront into a premier urban asset; a project that will serve as an anchor of hope to its surrounding community; and a region-wide plan for smart economic growth are all winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards

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Sandy One Year Later: Looking to the Future

A conference on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy examines the rebuilding progress made to date, and the work still left to do.

Draft 2014 New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Comment

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.

An Evening at the Shore

A gathering on the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to connect with others involved in rebuilding the Jersey Shore.

Advocates Call for Valid Risk Assessment, Mitigation Planning in State’s Draft Post-Sandy Action Plan

March 5, 2014 — New Jersey Future submits two sets of comments in response to New Jersey’s Draft Sandy Recovery Action Plan, calling for more attention to planning, transparency and risk assessment.

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