Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

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
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Infrastructure Matters

National Infrastructure Week is May 16 thru 23, and offers a good reminder of the importance of investing in infrastructure: It benefits the community, and the economy, and the costs of not investing can be far higher.

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Fifteen Years of Smart Growth Success

On their 15th anniversary, a salute to the multi-year winners and supporters of New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Awards.

Gabe Klein at the 2016 Redevelopment Forum.
Forum Feature: We Need To Do Transportation Planning for People, Not Cars. And We Need To Do It Fast.

Urban innovator, author and transportation expert Gabe Klein urged attendees at the Redevelopment Forum to re-think how they plan for people to move — and to stay in one place.

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The Greatest Danger Facing New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure: The Unknown

At a recent NJ Spotlight roundtable, water experts acknowledged we have only a vague idea of the state of our aging water systems, and of true cost of upgrading them.

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Forum Roundup: The Mega-Ships Are Here! Are We Ready?

Mega-ships unloading at New Jersey ports will be a boon for the state, but we must be sure our port-related infrastructure is robust enough to handle the increased volume.

Articles and Stories
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ForwardNJ Coalition Lists Transportation Funding Priorities

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

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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.

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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