Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Transit-Oriented Development

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.

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
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Smart Growth Award-Winner Wesmont Station Opens

Ten years after winning a Smart Growth Award, and long after its associated residential development was completed, NJ Transit’s new Wesmont Station has finally opened.

New housing near a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of NJTPA.
Built-Out Places Account for Majority of State’s Population Growth Since 2008

New Census municipal data show that redevelopment continues to accelerate as a way to accommodate New Jersey’s population growth, and population losses continue to spread in the state’s exurban and rural areas.

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Fifteen Years of Smart Growth Success

On their 15th anniversary, a salute to the multi-year winners and supporters of New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Awards.

New 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.

An example of adaptive reuse for affordable housing: Dina's Dwellings, built into a historic church building in New Brunswick, will serve survivors of domestic violence. Bergen County's United Way is building the project.
Forum Roundup: Finding the Opportunities in Affordable Housing

Speakers at the Redevelopment Forum session on affordable housing all stressed the opportunities inherent in creating more affordable housing, and that towns should be proactive so they get the kind of housing that helps them meet other objectives.

Articles and Stories
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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.

New housing near a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of NJTPA.
OFF TRACK? An Assessment of Mixed-Income Housing around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

An analysis of household income distributions in the neighborhoods around New Jersey’s transit stations shows that not all station areas offer the benefits of transit access across all income levels. June 2015.

The Camden waterfront, where Lockheed Martin will be relocating. Photo: Flickr user Todd Mecklem
New Jersey’s Economic Opportunity Act and Smart Growth: A Progress Report

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.

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Condominiums and Artists Spaces in an Old Hat Factory

2016 Smart Growth Awards: The F. Berg Hat Factory Complex in Orange will be redeveloped into residences and artists spaces, and will serve as an anchor to the Valley Arts District.

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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.

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