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Archive for October, 2011

DEP Launches ‘Environmental Management’ Initiative

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

How the NJDEP goes about implementing its own new vision will say much about how the Christie administration intends to fulfill the mission of the new State Strategic Plan.

Addressing Obesity Through Smart Planning

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Complete streets, safe routes to school and joint-use policies can help change the built environment and increase access to existing facilities, thereby offering multiple additional opportunities for physical activity.

Christie Releases New State Strategic Plan

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Gov. Chris Christie today released a new State Strategic Plan, a blueprint for state investment in sustainable economic growth. The governor also announced Executive Order No. 78, authorizing a cabinet-level steering committee to drive implementation. The State Strategic Plan is intended to meet both the spirit and the statutory requirements of the State Planning Act.

New Jersey Activists Work to Reverse RGGI Pull-out; New York State Supports ‘Climate-Smart Communities’

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Activists are encouraging Gov. Christie to keep New Jersey in the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and New York is taking the initiative a step further with its Climate-Smart Communities program.

American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter Annual Conference

November 4, 2011 12:00 pmtoNovember 5, 2011 6:00 pm

This year’s conference theme, Reach Them to Teach Them, sets its sights on providing an opportunity to share ideas about how we can collectively work together to reeducate the public and local leadership about the importance of planning.

Hyatt Regency
Two Albany Street,
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 08901 

Registration and more information


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Proposal Would Reverse Policy of Targeting Energy-Efficiency Incentives to Smart-Growth Areas

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has issued a proposal that would reverse its policy of targeting energy-efficiency incentives to smart-growth areas, and is soliciting public comment.

Mixed-Use Real Estate Finance

November 1, 2011 9:00 amtoNovember 2, 2011 4:00 pm

Neighborhoods are at their best when Main Streets pulse with the activities that bring communities alive – residential, retail, entertainment, services, public facilities and common areas. Older Main Streets have special opportunities for adaptive reuse – with buildings that are ideally suited to retrofitting multiple uses in one structure. Cities and towns undergoing redevelopment in their downtowns often view mixed-used development as a way to catalyze Main Street, energizing it with shopping, dining, culture and entertainment. There are several financial tools available for Main Street redevelopment and if brought together in the right way, for the right uses, they can do the job. Presented by The National Development Council.

Workshop Location:
Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey
145 West Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08618

Draft agenda

Fee: $150 for members/$200 for non-members. Includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and workshop materials. 

Register online (payment must be made by mail) or call Chasity Davis, 609-393-3752.

Please direct any questions to Leonard Robbins  (lrobbinsathcdnnjdotorg)  , 973-286-0086.

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New Jersey Residents Are Concerned About How the State Has Developed

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

New Jersey residents are unhappy about recent growth patterns, saying they have made the state expensive and difficult to travel. They support coordinated planning to protect natural resources, foster walkable communities and enhance transportation options.

County Growth Plans Poised for Adoption

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Extension of Sewer Service Areas is one of the most important factors in determining where development will happen next: Where new sewer lines go, development follows. Until recently, most of the state had obsolete, and in some cases nonexistent, designations for where sewers were permitted. But since the Department of Environmental Protection updated its water quality rule in 2008, the situation has changed, and counties are poised to adopt plans designating where sewers are allowed.

The ‘Shadow Northeast Corridor’ Draws Warehouses … and People

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Land values are pushing commuters out to the periphery of the Northeast Corridor, which means they have to drive long distances back in to get to work.

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