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Archive for May, 2011

Responding to Governor Christie’s Decision to Pull Out of Regional Climate Pact

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The governor intends to pull the plug on a worthy effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on imported oil. While most of our neighbors would receive millions of dollars from RGGI to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and state-of-the-art electric generation facilities, New Jersey would not.

Many Roads in New Jersey are “Dangerous by Design” for Pedestrians

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There have been 1,514 pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey between 2000 and 2009. The majority of these deaths occurred on suburban arterial roads where wide lanes and high speeds, along with little or no provision for pedestrians and bikers, create an inherent danger for anyone looking to get around without a car.

National Experts Advise the Christie Administration on State Strategic Planning

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Christie administration hosted a Governor’s Institute on Community Design workshop to explore advancing a state strategic plan that focuses on economic development and the importance of location.

NJDOT Commissioner: $1 Million for Transit Villages Not Enough, So We Made It Zero

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Contrary to appearances, the NJDOT really likes the Transit Village program, and its aim of producing more transit-oriented development. But the $1 million in funding the program received paled in comparison to the need, so we decided to eliminate the funding altogether.

Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The League of American Bicyclists recently ranked New Jersey the eighth most “Bicycle Friendly State” and bestowed a “Bronze Award” on the Garden State for its policies.

Light Rail Extension to Support TOD in Jersey City

Friday, May 13th, 2011

The NJ Transit Board of Directors approved a plan to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line across Route 440 in Jersey City to the city’s western waterfront along the Hackensack River.

Deadline Friday – Join Us!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

More than 200 people are already committed to attending our 10th Smart Growth Awards on Thursday, June 9. As usual, we expect a great networking event with a room full of New Jersey’s leaders in smart growth.
We hope you and your colleagues will join us for the occasion, and a great way to participate is […]

Fear of School Kids Trumps Land-Use Planning in Robbinsville

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

When the planning board voted to deny a developer’s application to convert units because it would attract too many school kids, it raised the larger issue of the role of fiscal considerations in land-use decision-making at the local level.

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