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Cluster Development Bill Sails through the Assembly

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly approves the cluster development bill, which could see a Senate vote as soon as May 13.

New Jersey State Plan Update Back On Track

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The process that will lead to adoption of the State Strategic Plan is moving forward once again, with a final public hearing now scheduled.

Sustainable Sites Can Accommodate New Jersey’s Solar Needs

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Incentives for solar facility development on brownfields and landfills should be made more attractive than incentives to develop on farmland and other open lands.

Preserving Land through Market Real Estate Transactions: Nine Approaches and Four Success Stories

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

A new report from New Jersey Future examines the use of non-contiguous clustering in nine New Jersey municipalities as a land-preservation tool.

359 Municipalities Working Toward Sustainable Jersey Certification

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program that supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental equity. Of the state’s 566 municipalities, 359 are registered and working toward Sustainable Jersey certification, and nearly 75 percent of New Jersey’s population lives in one of those communities.

New Jersey Future Hails Promise of State Strategic Plan

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

New Jersey Future’s comments recommend some needed revisions to the draft State Strategic Plan to ensure that it will improve the state’s economy, its environment, and its communities.

Permit Extension Bill Threatens Open Space

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

A bill to extend some development permit deadlines also threatens open space, and runs counter to the principles in Gov. Christie’s new State Strategic Plan.

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.

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 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.

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