Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


About the Smart Growth Awards Competition

New Jersey has long been at the cutting edge of smart and sustainable planning and redevelopment. Since 2002, we have honored the very best examples of this work through the annual Smart Growth Awards as part of our mission to promote sensible and equitable growth, redevelopment, and infrastructure investments to foster healthy, strong, and resilient communities. 


Do you know of an innovative project, plan, or initiative that deserves to be honored for its commitment to smart growth principles? Check out our previous award winners to view the profiles and videos of our wide-ranging winning projects.

Nominations and all supporting documents are accepted only via an online submission portal during the Call for Nominations period. Submissions for the 2023 Smart Growth Awards are now closedMeet the 2023 Smart Growth Award winners!

2023 marks the 21st anniversary of New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Awards and the return to an in-person celebration for the first time since 2019. We were especially excited to be reunited together in person to commemorate the achievements of projects and plans that promote innovative, equitable approaches to planning and redevelopment. Join us on October 3, 2023 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Purchase your tickets today

Nominations are judged by an independent panel of experts—from various facets of the planning and redevelopment fields—against the following considerations about whether the project:

  • Positively impacts the broader community.
  • Is near existing development and infrastructure, ideally “redevelopment.”
  • Creates or enhances connections to existing developments or plans.
  • Creates or enhances a vibrant mix of uses (residential, retail, office).
  • Demonstrates a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Increases the range of housing options available (affordability, size, type). If residential, it should contain designated affordable housing units.
  • Engages and involves the community throughout the planning, decision-making, and implementation processes.
  • Protects, enhances, or connects to open space and natural features.
  • Employs historic features of the community.
  • Creates or enhances transportation choices that reduce the need to drive.
  • Fosters walkability and activities at the street level that encourage personal interaction.
  • Improves resilience to climate change and natural hazards.
  • Utilizes green infrastructure or regenerative planning concepts.

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