Transit oriented development, or TOD, is generally defined as mixed-use residential and commercial development that is designed to take advantage of public transportation access. TOD is an important component of smart growth because it allows people to live, work and play without having to rely on a car. TOD also allows the state to grow in a way that takes advantage of existing infrastructure and does not consume our limited open space.
Elements of good transit oriented development include pedestrian-friendly design, a mix of compatible uses, connectivity to the surrounding community and a mix of housing options. New Jersey Future supports the expansion of TOD near New Jersey’s transit stations, and encourages municipalities to enact zoning that allows such development to occur.
New Jersey is well positioned to take advantage of some emerging real-estate trends outlined in a new report, but risks its competitiveness by lagging in others.
Hopewell became the 103th municipality to adopt such a policy and the first municipality to do so via a Complete Streets ordinance.
Cities around the country are discovering that investments in transit bring economic benefits. New Jersey could take a lesson.
Nominations are now open for New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards. Winners will be honored at our annual celebration June 5, 2014.
A new report from Somerset County that examines seven prototypical suburban commercial sites, with recommendations for redevelopment, could serve as a model for other counties.
The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 included additional incentives for projects destined for “smart-growth” areas. This report analyzes how effective the updated incentives have been at directing growth to those areas. December 2014.
Call for entries for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards. The awards celebration is June 5, 2014, in Newark.
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.
Two plans, an innovative zoning code, a feasibility study and three projects are winners of New Jersey Future’s 2012 Smart Growth Awards. Joseph M. Taylor receives the Cary Edwards Leadership Award.
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
- 02/17/2014 - Creating Places To Age in New Jersey Municipal Best Practices
- Creating Places To Age in New Jersey municipal data
- Targeting Transit -- New Jersey Future
- 05-2009 Smart Housing Incentives Act - Summary
- 04/02/2012: NJFuture Comments to State Planning Commission on Draft State Strategic Plan
- NJ Transit RFQ for Parking Concession 10-10
- Transit-Oriented Development Workshop for HCDNNJ memb mtg 06-15-2011
- 05/07/2009 Testimony on Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act
- 03/30/2011: Testimony: Preserve Transit Villages in Transportation Capital Plan
- A Citizen's Guide to Transit-Oriented Development