Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Transfer of Development Rights

One Township Blazes a Trail but the State Must Help it Along

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Woolwich Township, a 21-square-mile municipality in Gloucester County, is the fastest-growing community in New Jersey and the second fastest-growing in the Northeast; since 1990, its population has increased six-fold.
Woolwich officials have proposed a comprehensive overhaul of the township’s land-use regulations that would preserve thousands of acres of open space while channeling future growth into two […]

TDR Implementation – Keen Interest, Slow Progress

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Just over three years ago, the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Act was signed into law, authorizing municipalities across New Jersey to adopt programs to “transfer” potential development from conservation areas to designated growth areas, typically at higher densities than would otherwise be permitted. TDR thus provides towns with an alternative to zoning for […]

Pacesetters in Historic Preservation

Friday, March 4th, 2005

The Borough of Fanwood is pioneering an innovative approach to preserving the character of its historic district with its Victorian-era homes and huge oaks.

Preservation Challenge for Highlands

Friday, February 18th, 2005

The Highlands Act requires the Council to use Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) as a tool to implement the regional plan by transferring growth from conservation areas to growth areas in the planning area, or elsewhere in Highlands counties.

TDR Nears Home Stretch

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

TDR is a tool that planners have long sought to help manage growth, particularly on the suburban fringes.

Smart Conservation and Density

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Smart Conservation offers municipalities a tested and powerful approach to land conservation that integrates planning and regulation with spending on open space and infrastructure.

Gardens Leaving Garden State

Friday, June 11th, 2004

Regional Planning and TDR can stem farmland loss.

Census Confirms Highlands Growth Pressures

Friday, April 30th, 2004

Growth pressures in the Highlands are likely to intensify under a proposed Highlands bill that would limit development on nearly 400,000 acres of critical watershed lands.

Seeking Smart Growth Momentum

Monday, January 19th, 2004

New Jersey has historically been a leader in the land use reform, however, the last major piece of planning legislation passed in 1985 (State Planning Act).

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.

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