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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
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New Jersey Gets a D+ on New Climate Preparedness Report Card

A new report card on preparedness for climate change gives New Jersey a low grade for failing to put plans in place to mitigate future risks.

Rendering of the New Meadowlands Rebuild By Design project.
Rebuild By Design Resiliency Projects: A Status Update

New Jersey Future recently submitted comments on two Rebuild By Design resiliency projects, emphasizing the need to incorporate climate projections into planning, and to develop a robust public-engagement plan.

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Are Towns in a Better Position to Make Long-Term Resiliency Decisions?

A new report examines successes and lessons learned from the groundbreaking local-recovery program piloted by New Jersey Future in six Sandy-affected towns.

New Jersey Future Trustee Gilbert To Receive NJPO Lifetime Achievement Award

Former State Planning Commission Chairman and current New Jersey Future Trustee Jim Gilbert will be presented with the New Jersey Planning Officials’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Much of Mystic Island's current center is projected to be inundated by 2050.
State Planning Commission Set To Extend Center Designations; Leaves Coastal Towns at Risk

The State Planning Commission is set to extend center designations another three years, even though this action invites coastal towns to put new development in locations vulnerable to flooding and sea-level rise.

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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