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.
09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation
A look at how several cities have updated their zoning codes reveals some common approaches to using their land more flexibly and smartly.
Two Somerset County municipalities are considering taking smart-growth initiatives to revitalize their local economies.
A new report analyzes the question of housing affordability for New Jersey’s older residents, and finds barriers in two types of communities.
Two recent articles highlight the difficulties many New Jersey towns have in making themselves accommodating to older residents.
A report from a studio class at the Bloustein School examines Somerset County’s opportunities to attract Millennials.
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 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.
The 2015 Smart Growth Awards winners are announced. The awards ceremony will be Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Newark.
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