Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Smart Growth Awards 2020 Call for Nominations

Since 2002, New Jersey Future has honored smart planning and development in New Jersey through this annual event. The awards help promote our mission to secure economic opportunity, community vitality and quality of life for all New Jerseyans.

Call for Nominations!

Do you know of an innovative project, plan, or initiative that deserves to be honored for bringing smart growth ideals to light? Consider nominating it for a Smart Growth Award! Check out our previous award winners for an idea of the size and range of winning projects.

As with previous years, we will be giving special consideration to projects that include measures to increase resiliency to severe weather and climate change, and to projects that include effective use of green stormwater infrastructure.

Entries are accepted via our online submission portal.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

Download submission instructions.

Download partners spreadsheet and project narrative questions.

Please read the submission instructions carefully. They explain the submission process and include updated entry questions. You may submit an entry via the Submit button at the bottom of this page.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of experts in various aspects of growth and development, against the following considerations:

  • Are they near existing development and infrastructure?
  • Do they create or enhance connections to existing developments or plans?
  • Do they create or enhance a vibrant mix of uses (residential, retail, office)?
  • Do they protect or enhance open space, farmland, parks, and critical environmental areas?
  • Do they increase the range of housing options available (size, type, affordability)?
  • Do they create or enhance transportation choices?
  • Do their designs foster walkability and activities at the street level that encourage personal interaction?
  • Do they improve resiliency to natural hazards?
  • Do they employ green infrastructure techniques to manage stormwater?
  • Do they respect community character, design, and historic features?
  • Do they utilize green or regenerative design techniques and materials?

Deadline:Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

Download the guidelines (Word).

Download a blank formatted spreadsheet in which to list your project partners (Excel).

Download the project narrative questions (Word).

Questions? contact Michele Glassburg  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)  , (609) 393-0008, ext. 107.


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