Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces



Preserving NJ’s Landscape is a Daunting Challenge

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Source: NJDEP

A 2002 snapshot of New Jersey’s landscape shows the state divided roughly into quarters: 28 percent is developed, 24 percent permanently preserved with public funds, 23 percent undevelopable or constrained by regulation, and 25 percent vacant and unconstrained—or “up for grabs.
The race for open space continues: Development consumed 15,000 acres per year on […]

New Jersey’s Five-Year Plan

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Governor Jon Corzine’s economic development team is seeking input into a five-year strategic business plan, intended to improve the state’s business climate and encourage economic growth.

A first draft of the plan is expected at the end of March.

New Jersey already has a long-term business plan designed to guide growth and investment: the State Development and […]

Gardens Leaving Garden State

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Regional Planning and TDR can stem farmland loss.

Saving New Jersey’s Heritage

Sunday, July 20th, 2003

Transfer of Development Rights, or TDR, gives local governments a tool to stop sprawl at little or no cost by shifting development from farms and forests into desired growth areas.

The Conservation Challenge

Friday, April 18th, 2003

“Smart Conservation” is the “green” side of smart growth, focused on coordinating land acquisition with planning and regulations to protect important open lands and ensure conservation purchases are cost-efficient and effective

Buying Land Not Only Way to Protect It

Thursday, November 14th, 2002

New Jersey’s land use law expressly empowers municipalities to zone land for agriculture, and to restrict its development in ecologically sensitive areas.

Real Winter Warmth?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2001

The way we use our land in New Jersey is changing our climate, and in turn, could dramatically change our economy and way of life.

Farmland Tax Policies Work Against Preservation

Wednesday, October 10th, 2001

New Jersey, as virtually all other states, helps its farmers stay profitable with preferential property tax treatment. Known as “farm-value assessment,” this tax policy sharply reduces the property tax on “actively devoted farmland.”

The Oregon Approach

Thursday, October 5th, 2000

Oregon has statewide zoning for farmland (16.4 million acres) and private forest land (8.7 million acres). This zoning protects about 40,000 square miles from development – an area about the size of Indiana. New Jersey has no farm or forest zoning.
In contrast to the millions of acres it protects from development, Oregon has set […]

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