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? Consider nominating it for a future Smart Growth Award! 

Each winning project, as well as its primary partner team, will be featured in a professionally produced video during a Smart Growth Awards Showcase event. 

Check out our previous award winners to view the range of winning projects.

Nominations and all supporting documents are accepted only via an online submission portal during the Call for Nominations period.

Submissions for the 2022 Smart Growth Awards are now closed. Stay tuned for the 2023 Smart Growth Awards Call for Nominations.

See the 2022 Smart Growth Award winners here.

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

  • Positively impact the broader community.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Engage and involve the community throughout the planning, decision-making, and implementation processes.
  • Near existing development and infrastructure.
  • Create or enhance connections to existing developments or plans.
  • Create or enhance a vibrant mix of uses (residential, retail, office).
  • Protect or enhance open space, parks, farmland, and critical environmental areas.
  • Preserve historic features of the community.
  • Increase the range of housing options available (affordability, size, type).
  • Create or enhance transportation choices that reduce the need to drive.
  • Foster walkability and activities at the street level that encourage personal interaction.
  • Improve resilience to climate change and natural hazards.
  • Utilize green infrastructure or regenerative planning concepts.

More information regarding the 2022 winning projects, plans, and initiatives can be found here.

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Questions? For more information please contact Michele Glassburg  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)  , (609) 393-0008, ext. 1007.

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