Working for Smart Growth:
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Blackouts and a Bright Spot in the Energy Master Plan

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

New Jersey Future released its comments on the Draft 2011 Energy Master Plan, with a mixed review on transportation, commitment to the green economy and solar siting.

New Jersey’s Solar Ambitions Raise Difficult Land-Use Issues

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Because of New Jersey’s small size, the effects of solar development on other land uses are more pressing than in other states. As solar development continues, the issue of whether a solar installation is the best use of a given parcel of land will become increasingly salient.

Local Agriculture Growing in Popularity and Importance

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

With increased importance being placed on eating locally grown fresh food, more and more citizens and local governments are exploring small-scale farming, community food gardens and farmer’s markets.

Controversial Wastewater Deadline Passes

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Where sewers are located largely dictates where development goes, especially smaller lot development. Similarly, where and how septic systems are regulated governs how larger lot subdivisions are designed.

New Jersey Leads in Farmland Loss

Monday, February 21st, 2011

New Jersey lost a greater share of its agricultural land to development than any state – more than 25 percent in the 25 years between 1982 and 2007.

State and Federal Initiatives Raise Difficult Questions about Solar Siting

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

With the rise of solar power and other renewable sources of energy a new debate has emerged that raises a number of important questions about the highest and best use for land in the nation’s most developed state.

Agriculture Means Business in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Photo by Marc Steiner | Agency New Jersey

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there are more than 10,000 farms in New Jersey, covering 733,000 acres. The amount of land in farming has decreased by 9 percent since 2002, when it was 806,000 acres.
New Jersey ranks 40th among the 50 states in total value of […]

More than Money Needed to Meet Farmland Preservation Goals

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Garden State Preservation Trust is nearly depleted and must be reauthorized if the state is to continue its farmland preservation efforts.

Sprawl Continues to Consume New Jersey’s Open Lands

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Between 1995 and 2002, 106,000 acres of farmland, forests and wetlands in New Jersey were developed.

Brownfields: Urban Blight or Redevelopment Opportunity?

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Former industrial sites, known as brownfields, are a prominent feature of New Jersey’s urban landscape. More than 10,000 brownfields have been identified in the state.
The Department of Environmental Protection has designated 18 Brownfields Development Areas around the state. Through the program, the department works with local governments and stakeholders […]

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