Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Land-Use Solutions

Because transportation and land use are so intertwined, often the best and least expensive solution to a transportation problem is a solution that incorporates broader land-use issues.

Rather than continually widening roads, employing land-use strategies can reduce the need to drive. These strategies include zoning that allows destinations to be closer together, building “Complete Streets” that accommodate other modes of transportation and providing linkages between properties and neighborhoods so that local traffic isn’t forced onto the “main” road for every trip.

Simply adding capacity to roads to address congestion creates a vicious cycle that ultimately leads to more congestion. While capacity expansion is necessary and useful in certain instances to relieve bottlenecks and improve safety, transportation planners should look first to the larger land-use issues surrounding the given problem and incorporate these issues into the solution.

Future Facts
Palmer Square in Princeton. The town is the first in New Jersey to receive the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly designation.
Transportation, Housing Improvements Needed To Make New Jersey Towns More Aging-Friendly

Two recent articles highlight the difficulties many New Jersey towns have in making themselves accommodating to older residents.

Irvington's bus terminal. Photo: Jim Henderson
Two New Transit Villages Named, Including Second Bus-Centered Designation

The state’s 29th and 30th Transit Villages have been designated, including the second one anchored by a bus terminal.

Sandy-related flooding in Little Ferry. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Experts Detail Challenges of Adapting to Climate Change

Experts at a recent roundtable discussed the challenges New Jersey faces in adapting to a changing climate.

Palmer Square in Princeton. Photo by Dan Komoda Photography via Wikimedia
Princeton Is First New Jersey Community To Earn WHO ‘Age-Friendly’ Designation

Princeton has earned the World Health Organization’s age-friendly communities designation, the first municipality in New Jersey to receive the honor.

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ProWalk ProBike ProPlace: Making Active Transportation Happen

Highlights from this year’s Alliance for Biking and Walking conference in Pittsburgh.

Articles and Stories
Places To Age
Creating Places To Age in New Jersey

There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. January 2014.

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Smart Growth Awards 2015 Call for Nominations

Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.

Targeting Transit
Targeting Transit: Assessing Development Opportunities Around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

New Jersey has 243 transit facilities, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location’s potential. This report shows how data assembled by New Jersey Future can be used to make decisions on how to target various kinds of transit-oriented development efforts. September 2012.

Paying Attention to New Jersey’s Future

Oct. 18, 2013 — One of the most difficult things successful political leaders must do is to make decisions on behalf of their constituents that might be politically unpopular in the short term, but help to secure a more stable future for generations to come. New Jersey’s current economic stagnation brings this challenge into sharp focus: How can we invest the state’s limited funds strategically in ways that respect immediate budget needs but make the state more prosperous and globally competitive for the long term?

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New Jersey Future Creates Database of Development Assets Near Transit Facilities

Sept. 24, 2012: New Jersey Future announced it has assembled a comprehensive database of development-related statistics for the state’s 243 transit stations and their surrounding neighborhoods.

Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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