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Plan 2045: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Open House

November 2, 2017
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

The draft of the NJTPA’s updated Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), known as Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey, is here!  The NJTPA will hold a public open house at its offices in Newark on Thursday November 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m so you can learn all about it and provide comments or feedback.

Attendees can arrive at any time. There will be short presentations at 5:00 and and again at 6:00 p.m.  The event will feature various displays highlighting the innovative public outreach conducted for Plan 2045. Light refreshments will be served.

They’re also seeking on the Transportation Improvement Program (or TIP) for fiscal years 2018-2021, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for Fiscal Years 2018-2027, as well as the draft Air Quality Conformity Determination for Plan 2045 and the TIP.

Plan 2045 is the federally required long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the region. The TIP is the four-year, fiscally constrained agenda of transportation projects drawn from the RTP.  To be eligible for federal funds, proposed projects must be approved by the NJTPA Board for inclusion in the TIP, which is updated annually. The STIP is the federally required compilation of TIPs from the NJTPA and the state’s two other Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The federally required Air Quality Conformity Determination demonstrates that these documents are consistent with achieving the state’s plan for meeting air quality goals and standards.

The draft documents are available at Go to, at the NJTPA, One Newark Center, 17th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102 and at New Jersey Library Network libraries in the NJTPA region. The formal comment period ends November 9, 2017.

The NJTPA Board of Trustees will consider adoption of the RTP, TIP, and Air Quality Conformity Determination at its November 13, 2017 meeting.  Any questions may be emailed  (tritteratnjtpadotorg)   to Ted Ritter, NJTPA Special Projects Manager. Or call at 973-639-8447.

For information on parking or directions, email  (infoattogethernorthjerseydotcom)   us.

Inside the Urbanist’s Studio

November 9, 2017
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

Location: Barbuzzo, 110 S 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia PA

Registration and more information

Join Urban Land Institute for a frank conversation between Carol Coletta, Senior Fellow at The Kresge Foundation, and Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation, who will ask each other five questions they have always wanted to know about the other!  Carol Coletta was recently named one of the 100 most influential urbanists by Planetizen.  She is the creator and convener of the $40M Reimagining the Civic Commons project, a national initiative that seeks to counter economic and social fragmentation in our cities by revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries to bring together people from different backgrounds.

Through projects in five U.S. cities, Reimagining the Civic Commons intends to be the first comprehensive demonstration of how a connected set of civic assets – a civic commons – can connect people of all backgrounds and yield increased and more equitably shared prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.  Kathryn Ott Lovell is a key member of the pilot Civic Commons team and oversees the City of Philadelphia’s parkland, playgrounds, recreation centers, trails, and thousands of programs and events.  Come listen to a dynamic exchange between two fearless and unrelenting champions of our nation’s civic assets and urban infrastructure.

This Civic Commons project falls in line with the “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign announced by The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute. Read more about it here.

Lunch will be served in Barbuzzo’s private dining room.

  • Private Member: $55
  • Public Member: $50
  • Private Nonmember: $90
  • Public Nonmember: $70
  • Student: $40

*All prices will rise $15 after online registration closes on November 6, 2017.

2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

November 8, 2017
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy presents the 2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

History and Evolution of Metuchen: 1967-2017

This lecture will reveal how a small New Jersey town accomplished a remarkable revitalization effort between the period of 1965 and 2017. A distinguished panel of municipal officials, lawyers, developers and planners will present and discuss how this revitalization was accomplished and the lessons that can be learned, as well as presenting their views of how the town will more forward into the future.

There will be a formal presentation followed by a moderated panel discussion on the history of the redevelopment of downtown Metuchen. Highlights will include the original master plan in the late 1960s by Candeub, Fleissig & Associates; 1972 Central Business District development proposals; and the latest major redevelopment effort, Woodmont Metro at Metuchen station, a transited-oriented mixed-use community built on the site of a former parking lot. This project was the recipient of a 2017 New Jersey Future Smart Growth award.

Organized and moderated by Anton Nelessen, professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Metuchen’s former town planner.

Confirmed presenters and panelists will include
James Constantine, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss and Town Planner, Borough of Metuchen
Len Roseman, Chair, Metuchen Borough Parking Authority
James B. Graziano, Partner, Graziano, Piasecki, Whitelaw & Simko; former Attorney, Metuchen Borough Parking Authority
Peter Cammarano, Mayor of Metuchen
John Wiley, former Mayor of Metuchen
Jay Muldoon, former Metuchen Councilman and Acting Borough Administrator
Stephen A. Santola, Woodmont Properties
Joel Schwartz, Landmark Companies LLC
Eric Berger, US Real Estate

1.5 AICP CM credits available

Free and open to the public

Location: Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

Register here

Creative Placemaking Learning Tour: Hammonton

November 4, 2017
10:00 amto12:30 pm

Learn more about this small town that is becoming a center of arts and creative placemaking in South Jersey. Explore Stockton University’s Kramer Hall (home to several arts and cultural organizations), Hammonton Arts Center, Noyes Art Museum, Eagle Theater, and the future Arts Alley. Brainstorm with other creative placemakers on an opportunity site in downtown Hammonton. Then join your colleagues for lunch and a drink at the town’s new craft brewery.

$20 ticket includes lunch.

Rain date is November 5.

This Creative Placemaking Learning Tour is produced by New Jersey Creative Placemakers, an initiative of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, in partnership with the Noyes Art Museum and the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. 

Creative Placemaking Learning Tours are made possible through the support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Location: Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton NJ 08037

More information and registration

Creative Placemaking Strategy Lab

November 10, 2017 1:00 pmtoNovember 11, 2017 5:30 pm

New Jersey Creative Placemakers is holding a Strategy Lab November 10 for community artists, planners, designers, and Paterson residents. We’ll workshop ways to program the space and better connect this great resource with Great Falls National Park and downtown Paterson through creative placemaking solutions. Friday’s lab will include a tour of this massive site followed by an outdoor creative workshop on connecting the community to the site. Saturday’s lab will include a Creative Placemaking activity followed by workshops on using the Art Factory’s spaces for art installations, performances, tactical urbanism, cultural events, food festivals, and more! We will cap off the event with a social hour to meet new people, talk about the day’s findings, and network.

This Strategy Lab is made possible by the Art Factory, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The Art Factory in Paterson, a unique places for art, film, photography, theater and more, is looking for ideas to program free arts and cultural activities.

Admission is free, a $20 donation to the Paterson Arts Council suggested

Location: The Art Factory, 70 Spruce St, Paterson NJ 07501

More information and registration

TransAction Conference

April 17, 2018toApril 19, 2018

This year, nearly 1000 transportation management, directors, planners, engineers, grant writers, operators, elected officials, municipal, county and state representatives, consultants and administrators attended the TransAction Conference.

TransAction 2017 featured 74 workshop sessions (4-5 concurrent throughout each day) specializing in bus, rail, roads, bridges, goods movement. pedestrian/bicycle, paratransit, community transportation, ports and much more.

Attendees come from more than 32 states and 4 provinces of Canada.

Location: Tropicana Hotel & Conference Center, Atlantic City NJ

Registration and more information

New Report Shows New Jersey Is Still on the ‘Long Road Home’ After Sandy

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

A new report details results of a survey of the long-term effects of Hurricane Sandy, and highlights steps to mitigate the effects of future such disasters.

Webinar: Creating healthy places for healthy people

November 14, 2017
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Location: online


Stephanie Bertaina, senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, and Kate Ange, Alana Braiser and Caroline Dwyer of Renaissance Planning, will be discussing EPA’s Healthy Places for Healthy People (HP2) program.

Through the Healthy Places for Healthy People program, EPA has been helping local communities and health care officials create walkable, healthy and economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods that improve health, protect the environment and support economic growth. This webinar will look at the connections among economic, human and environmental health factors and present case studies on the lessons learned to date, as well as ideas on how local communities can create programs and partnerships that can lead to healthier community outcomes. Speakers will include: Stephanie Bertaina, from the U.S. EPA Office of Sustainable Communities; Kate Ange, Alana Braiser, and Caroline Dwyer with Renaissance Planning.

Webinar: Using health impact assessment to improve our communities

November 1, 2017
1:00 pmto2:30 pm

Held by Smart Growth Online, this webinar will focus on how HIA has been used in planning, and how planners can apply HIA principles in their work.

Location: online



Symposium Addresses Dangers of Inaction on Climate Change

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

A range of speakers at New Jersey Future’s Shore of the Future event highlighted the need for broad-scale responses to the threat of climate change, and the costs of inaction.

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