Working for Smart Growth:
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Archive for September, 2011

Menendez Focuses on TOD Funding in Updated Livable Communities Act

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Sen. Menendez introduces an updated Livable Communities Act, including funding to spark private investment in transit-oriented development.

Summit Moves Toward Transit Village Designation, Future of Program Remains Uncertain

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

The city of Summit’s planning board voted unanimously in favor of seeking Transit Village status with the NJ Department of Transportation, but the initiative could fall short should the DOT fail to commit to the Transit Village program this year.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 2, 2012 9:00 amtoFebruary 4, 2012 5:00 pm

Join leaders from across the U.S. as we tackle the tough economic, environmental and social challenges of our day and demonstrate smart-growth solutions that support strong economies, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, assure a healthy population, foster more equitable development, and expand transportationa nd housing options for all Americans.

Sheraton Hotel and Marina
San Diego, California 

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We Work Close to Home … But We Drive There

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The recently released American Community Survey gives us the first look in 10 years at commuting data at the county and local level. New Jersey is still a national leader in transit ridership, thanks primarily to its transit system’s orientation toward the major employment hubs of New York City and Philadelphia. Unfortunately, this leaves most in-state workers with driving as their only option, although Hudson and Essex counties provide examples of what can happen when we think about improving access to our homegrown centers.

On Balance, New Legislative Effort Keeps Urban Transit Hub Incentives Intact

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Should a new bill that uses funds originally allocated to the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program raise a red flag for smart growth and transit advocates?

Redevelopment Planning Law

October 4, 2011 9:00 amtoOctober 5, 2011 4:00 pm

New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Training Institute

This two-day course on the redevelopment planning process will provide a broader understanding of the crucial issues, steps and challenges associated with the New Jersey’s Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (LRHL). The workshop includes an in-depth review of the LRHL, an analysis of the redevelopment planning process designations, discussion on how to engage the community in the redevelopment planning process, review and examination of the redevelopment plan in relations to current legal issues and challenges, review of the mandatory and optional provisions of the redeveloper’s agreement, and discussions on some of the recent legal and public policy issues on redevelopment such as eminent domain, environmental liability and relocation.

American Institute of Certified Planners CM credits available. 

Thomas Edison State College
101 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08608
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Join us in Supporting the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

New Jersey Future contacted U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg today, seeking their support to maintain funding for the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Streets as Places

November 10, 2011toNovember 11, 2011

Project for Public Spaces (PPS)  is offering Streets as Places, a two-day capacity-building workshop on November 10-11 about how to redirect future investment in transportation and streets to build communities, not simply to move cars. This workshop will shed light on how to rebalance the transportation system so that it not only fosters the mobility that we need, but also helps communities solve quality of life, economic vitality, aging in place, social equity and health issues challenging 21st century leaders.

Event Location: The training course will take place in New York City as well as in the streets of New York, where PPS will showcase some of these improvements, with before and after comparisons and first-hand knowledge of how to transform streets into places for people. The exact location of the training course will be announced closer to date.

For more information, click here or contact Casey Wang  (cwangatppsdotorg)  . (more…)

Incomplete Report Card for Complete Streets

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In an attempt to enhance safety and make roads more accommodating to bicyclists and pedestrians, the state Department of Transportation adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2009. This policy directs the department to design new roads and retrofit old ones to accommodate all users, not just drivers.

Zero-Vehicle Households and Transit

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The metropolitan areas with the greatest numbers of zero-vehicle households are also among those doing the best job of serving the car-less population, the majority of which is lower-income households. However, the high rate of co-location of zero-vehicle households with public transportation illustrates the painful irony of encouraging lower-income car-less households to live near transit while jobs are migrating away from transit on the other end.

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