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State Planning

Where and how we grow is fundamental to New Jersey’s economic prosperity, environmental health and social equity.

In 1986, recognizing the critical role the state must play in directing future growth and aligning resources accordingly, New Jersey adopted the State Planning Act — a groundbreaking effort to coordinate land-use planning among state agencies and different levels of government.  The act mandated the creation of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan (the “State Plan”), as well as the formation of the State Planning Commission and its staff, now housed at the Office of Planning Advocacy in the Department of State.

But 20 years’ experience with state planning has produced mixed results.  The State Plan vision for strong communities and preserved open lands is widely shared and has helped shape development patterns.  But, for a variety of reasons, the Plan has not been fully implemented by either state agencies or municipalities. In response, in early 2011 the Christie administration began a process that culminated in October 2011 in the release of a proposed a new State Plan update called the State Strategic Plan.

See the latest information on the State Strategic Plan, including the latest draft of the Plan, statements from New Jersey Future, press coverage and analysis, and links to upcoming meetings and to state agency implementation steps.

 

Future Facts
Gubernatorial Candidates on Key Issues Facing New Jersey

We asked the Democrat and Republican candidates for governor how they would approach some of the key issues the winner will face when he or she takes office. Here is what they said.

Proposed Rule Change Would Allow Development on Piers

New Jersey Future’s comments urge the DEP not to amend existing rules restricting development in high flood-risk areas.

Joint Environment Committee Dives in on Climate Change, Coastal Resilience

A joint legislative committee hearing on the effects of climate change on New Jersey heard testimony about the importance of coastal resilience planning and shifting to clean energy.

McKinsey’s Smart Economic Vision for New Jersey

A new report from McKinsey & Company on ways to accelerate New Jersey’s economic growth includes many smart-growth recommendations that New Jersey Future’s gubernatorial platform also addresses.

Many States Making New Investments in Water Infrastructure

A review of programs around the country that help finance upgrades and expansions to water infrastructure offers important lessons for New Jersey.

Articles and Stories
ForwardNJ Coalition Lists Transportation Funding Priorities

the ForwardNJ coalition offers priorities for Transportation Trust Fund. February 2015.

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.

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.

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.

2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award Announced

April 29, 2014 – Respected environmental lawyer Joe Marazati receives 2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award at the Smart Growth Awards with New Jersey Future.

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Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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