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.
Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.
Complete Streets is, in Charles Marohn’s opinion, a worthy effort to direct streets and roads back to their original intended uses, and to boost the value inherent in walkable downtowns.
New Jersey’s “first suburbs” are becoming a leading indicator for the state’s increasing diversity, accompanied by all its opportunities and challenges. They are also often overlooked in favor of larger cities.
Re-imagining suburban office parks will be key to New Jersey’s economic vitality in the future. Municipalities can play a key role in making that easier.
Somerset County is analyzing where to invest for growth and how to retrofit obsolete suburban office parks now that employers are once again focusing on transit-accessible locations.
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.
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?
Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.
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.
A comprehensive policy, along with a strong outreach effort, is helping the State of New Jersey and its municipalities re-envision streets in order to consider the needs of all users.
Reports, Presentations and Testimony
- Getting to Work 11-08
- 04-03-2009 Letter to DEP re Global Warming Solutions Fund Rules
- ShapingNJ Community Pilot Meeting Overview 06-09-11
- Route 1 Planning Through Partnerships
- Executive Order-78
- Land Use Trends NJPHA 2011
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future