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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
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State Hazard Mitigation Plan Should Do More To Address Risk, Integrate With Local Planning

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.

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Timing of Public Comment Period on State Hazard Plan Raises Questions

For the first time, the state requested public input on the draft hazard mitigation plan it must submit. But it opened the comment period only after it had submitted the draft plan.

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Communities Need To Understand, Plan Effectively for Climate Risks

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.

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2014 Smart Growth Awards Announced

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.

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Forum Keynote: Target Investments at Assets, not Companies

New Jersey, and the entire region, can learn from New York’s success how best to invest in economic growth.

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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