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.

Research and Publications
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09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation

09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation

Future Facts
Chuck Marohn slideshow
Chuck Marohn on the Value of Roads, Streets, and People

At a recent presentation in New Jersey, Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn talked about how people, rather than cars, create community wealth, and how we benefit from prioritizing people in our planning.

Housing near a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of NJTPA.
Demand for Transit Neighborhoods on the Rise

Since the Great Recession, the growth rate in New Jersey’s transit-oriented areas has outstripped the growth rate in exurban areas and in the state overall, according to an analysis of new Census data.

Megaship
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.

Metuchen TOD
New Zoning Codes: More Housing Options, More Mixed Use, Less Parking

A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.

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Can New Jersey’s Older Residents Afford Their Housing?

A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.

Articles and Stories
Chuck Marohn
Strong Towns Presentation

Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn will visit Hackensack April 13, 2016, to deliver a presentation on ways to invest for community resiliency and prosperity.

Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns: Roads in New Jersey

In this report, New Jersey Future and Smart Growth America analyzed per-capita road usage. The results show that places with the highest activity density have the lowest per-capita usage, suggesting per-capita road-maintenance costs can be reduced by even marginal increases in density. November 2015.

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.

Reports, Presentations and Testimony

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