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Archive for January, 2012

Why Hunterdon County Should Regionalize Its School Districts

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Hunterdon County is considering moving to a single, county-wide school district. This would not only save overhead and administrative costs, it would have significant land-use benefits, including the possibility of cheaper and more diverse housing.

Does New Jersey Have Room to Grow?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

New Jersey could gain another million residents in the next 30 years. Based on the population trend in New Jersey’s urban areas, more than half of them could be accommodated in our cities without having to disturb a single acre of new land.

Christie Administration Must Commit to Updating Wastewater Plans

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

If the Christie administration focuses earnestly on implementing the wastewater rules, the governor can keep his commitment to supporting growth while reducing environmental damage.

Our Take on the State of the State Address

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

New Jersey Future’s reaction to Gov. Christie’s State of the State address.

Economic Development Opportunities in the Highlands

January 31, 2012
7:00 pmto9:30 pm

There is a general perception that the Highlands Act and the Highlands Regional Master Plan are designed to prevent development in the region. Many people may be surprised to learn that much in the Act and the Plan is designed to facilitate economic development. This development is to take place within the natural resource constraints of the region and can not only improve economic well being but also improve community character, sustainability and resilience. By taking advantage of the Highlands Act, the Regional Master Plan and the planning services of the Highlands Council, municipalities can secure their economic, social and environmental future.

This workshop will explore the Highlands Act and the Regional Master Plan to explain economic development opportunities. A real world planning consultant will describe the creation of an innovative approach to development in the first community to “conform” to the Highlands Regional Master Plan.

Who should attend? This workshop will be of interest to elected officials, environmental commissions, planning boards, boards of adjustment, residents, farmers and business people of the Highlands region.

Registration fees:
ANJEC Members:$10
Non-Members: $15
If your commission/committee is on the ANJEC Workshop Plan, there is no charge to attend.

To register, email  (infoatanjecdotorg)   or call ANJEC at 973-539-7547.
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2012 Redevelopment Law Conference

January 27, 2012
9:00 amto5:00 pm

This year’s Institute will help to educate attorneys and other related professionals on how New Jersey can achieve redevelopment objectives while at the same time tackling other challenges facing our State.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education for 7.4 hours of total CLE credit. 

For the flyer, click here or visit NJICLE’s web site.



Is Route 1 a Street … or a Road?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

What’s the difference between a street and a road? Focusing on the different primary purposes of each could help bring clarity to the discussion over how to address the traffic congestion on major arteries like Route 1 in Mercer County, and how best to implement a bus rapid transit system there.

Create a Place – Arts Build Communities

April 4, 2012
8:00 amto4:00 pm

Arts Build Communities (ABC) would like to invite you to join with us in sponsoring the second annual Creative Placemaking Conference, “Create a Place – Arts Build Communities.” 

ABC, a Rutgers University Center, provides expertise on how the arts connect economic and community development. We help communities and arts-related organizations make more cost-effective decisions about creative placemaking through continuing education, community coaching, thought leadership and practical research.

The conference will be held on April 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.

Click here for more information or contact Winnie Fatton  (fattonattcnjdotedu)  .



Public Hearings on State Strategic Plan Begin in February

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Six public hearings on the State Strategic Plan have been scheduled in February and early March at various locations around New Jersey.

Public Hearing on the draft Final State Strategic State Plan

March 1, 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Draft Final State Strategic Plan: NJ’S State Development and Redevelopment Plan

The State Planning Act requires the State Planning Commission to adopt a State Development & Redevelopment Plan. The State Strategic Plan is the revision to the 2001 State Development & Redevelopment Plan and sets forth a vision for the future of our State along with strategies to achieve that vision. It is the culmination of several years of work by the State and its staff in collaboration with county and local stakeholders and members of the public.

The State Planning Commission has scheduled the following public hearings for the purpose of receiving testimony on the Draft Final State Strategic Plan and the draft Infrastructure Needs Assessment (INA):

March 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing., Rutgers University EcoComplex, 1200 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505.

Public Notice of Hearings on the Draft Final State Strategic Plan

Public Meeting Locations and Directions

Should there be inclement weather, please call (609) 292-7156 to check for cancellations.

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