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Archive for July, 2011

City-Loving Millennials: Are They Born That Way?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The “why” of Millennials’ counter-reaction to the suburban cul-de-sacs and office parks of their parents’ generation is something the experts tend not to explore very deeply, but perhaps we can legitimately point to their change in attitude as being a direct and tangible result of education and advocacy efforts.

Exclusionary Zoning, Sprawl on the Rise

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

A new study by Rowan University’s Geospatial Research Laboratory finds that municipal zoning in New Jersey has resulted in a land-use pattern that has grown substantially more exclusionary and more sprawling over the last two decades.

Regional Planning Efforts Have Friends in High Places

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Recently, some have questioned whether New Jersey’s regional planning bodies in the Pinelands, Meadowlands and Highlands really matter, or whether they just add an unnecessary layer of government or red tape. In their latest Star-Ledger column, Govs. Brendan Byrne and Tom Kean made it clear where they stand on regional planning.

New Jersey Cities Breathe Sigh of Relief

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Gov. Christie has put transitional aid to cities, accompanied by oversight mechanisms, back in the budget, but has said he wants to wean cities off this aid. Given a half-century of disinvestment in urban areas, that may not be possible as soon as he would like. Until cities’ property tax bases reverse their decline, state aid will still be needed to deliver critical services.

Revision to Land Use Law Advances Smart Growth

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that updates the Municipal Land Use Law to make municipal “General Development Plan” (GDP) approvals and other longer-term approvals available to higher-density projects, including those with a mix of uses.

New Jersey’s Solar Ambitions Raise Difficult Land-Use Issues

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Because of New Jersey’s small size, the effects of solar development on other land uses are more pressing than in other states. As solar development continues, the issue of whether a solar installation is the best use of a given parcel of land will become increasingly salient.

Governor Removes Funding for Transit Villages

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

After being restored to the budget that was passed by the Legislature last week, funding for the Department of Transportation’s Transit Village program was removed from the FY 2012 spending plan signed by Gov. Chris Christie on June 30.

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