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Redevelopment Forum 2011 Workshops and Speakers

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Peter Kasabach, Welcoming Remarks (pdf)
Tom Murphy, Luncheon Keynote Speaker ( Presentation PDF)



The Changing Circumstances in Redevelopment: A Discussion with Jeff Otteau and Joe Seneca (Garden State A and B, first floor)
Development and redevelopment are no longer the “field of dreams” they once were, where developers and towns could press their own views on redevelopment plans and expect that “they will come.” Rather, projects must be shaped to the realities of today and tomorrow to be economically viable. This discussion will explore New Jersey’s current economic conditions, with an emphasis on its recent jobs and income performance, and the state’s economic outlook; then, we will analyze what this means for real estate demand, including what types of development will be in demand, geographic breakdowns of the winners and losers, and a timeline for when future redevelopment projects can expect to get traction.


  • Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future (Moderator)
  • Jeff Otteau, President, Otteau Valuation Group (Presentation PDF)
  • Joseph J. Seneca, University Professor of Economics, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University (Presentation PDF)

A Garden Grows in the City: Fostering Local Agriculture (Brunswick A, lower level)
With all the recent talk of “food miles” and eating locally grown fresh food, more and more citizens and local governments are exploring small-scale farming, community food gardens, and farmer’s markets. Learn about the economic, health, and social benefits of local agriculture within food systems, and how it can go hand-in-hand with revitalizing and redeveloping urban and older suburban areas.


  • Donna Drewes, Co-Director, Institute for Sustainability Planning and Governance, Municipal Land Use Center at the College of New Jersey (Moderator)
  • Jennifer Papa, Founder and Executive Director, City Green (Presentation PDF)
  • Marilyn Schlossbach, Restaurateur and Philanthropist
  • Edward D. Wengryn, Field Representative/Research Associate, New Jersey Farm Bureau

Redevelopment 101: Getting Started (Brunswick D, lower level)
The powers afforded municipalities under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law to reshape their communities are both unique and profound. Panel attendees will learn about not only the exacting process that must be undertaken to utilize these powers, but also how to avoid time-consuming, costly and frustrating missteps. An overview of the statutory criteria that must be established to determine that an area is in need of redevelopment, and the steps that must be taken to adopt a redevelopment plan, together with a roadmap to follow the key legal requirements, will be presented. The presenters will also discuss methods to engage the community in the process.


  • David G. Roberts, AICP, PP, LLA, RLA, LEED-AP, Department Manager, Maser Consulting PA (Moderator)
  • James Dodd, Mayor, Town of Dover
  • Robert Goldsmith, Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP (Presentation PDF)
  • Stan Slachetka, AICP, PP, Associate, T&M Associates

Ambassadors for Change: Successfully Communicating about Redevelopment (Brunswick B, lower level)
As often as not, the difference between success and failure for a redevelopment plan comes down to a matter of perception. Even the most expertly crafted plan may never get beyond the drawing board if it is perceived to be of greater benefit to the developer than the community. Usually, this perception arises for one of two reasons: Either the developer has failed to fully engage stakeholders and the general public in the process of developing the plan, or the developer has presented the plan using language that actually scares people more than it comforts them. This session will focus on the critical importance of inviting and nurturing the involvement of stakeholders and the public from the earliest stages of the redevelopment process, and of presenting information about redevelopment in words and phrases that people can relate to and understand.


  • Rick Sinding, Senior Communications Consultant, New Jersey Future (Moderator)
  • Ennis Carter, Founder and Director, Design for Social Impact (Presentation PDF)
  • Kathleen Miller Prunty, Director, Cranford Downtown Management Corp. (Presentation PDF)

Developing a Strong Partnership with Large Institutions (Brunswick C, lower level)
Across the country, educational and medical institutions have been increasingly important in the urban economy and revitalization efforts. Through a combination of capital investments, new housing opportunities, streetscape and neighborhood improvements, business partnerships and soon a medical school, these anchor institutions play a major role in the City of Camden. This session will also showcase Rowan University’s recent corridor redevelopment project in Glassboro, and Princeton University’s campus plan. What goes into these successful partnerships? Learn more about how towns can build relationships with anchor institutions.


  • Paul Josephson, Partner, Hill Wallack LLP Attorneys at Law (Moderator)
  • Kristin Appelget, Director, Community and Regional Affairs, Princeton University (Presentation PDF)
  • Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO, The Cooper Foundation (Presentation PDF)
  • Dr. Jose Cardona, Director of Communications, Rowan University (Presentation PDF)
  • Gregory Filipek, Principal, SORA HoldingsLeo McCabe, Mayor, Borough of Glassboro

Reviving Suburban Greyfield Highway Corridors (Conference Room A, second floor)
For all the energy around urban redevelopment, transit-oriented development and other types of smart growth in recent years, much of the state’s built environment is still in the form of low-density, single-use development. This is especially true for commercial areas, such as auto-oriented shopping strips and office parks. How these areas can evolve to meet the changing needs of residents in the 21st Century will be one of the biggest challenges facing planners, policymakers and municipal officials for years to come. This session will focus on that question, and discuss ideas and best practices for rethinking our patterns of development.


  • Jim Constantine, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss Architects (Moderator)
  • Thomas J. Czerniecki, Township Manager, Evesham Township
  • Charles Latini, AICP, PP, Principal Facilities Planner NJ Transit
  • Mark Lohbauer, Principal, JGSC Group (Presentation PDF)

Talking About Transportation: Making Smarter Choices Using New Communications Techniques (Conference Room B, second floor)
The City of Hoboken, working in partnership with the Civic Eye Collaborative, has created a short film to explain the role of managed parking and transportation and to highlight the various programs the city has created to balance traffic and parking needs with quality of life. During this session, participants will view the film and engage in a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of applying these practices in other towns. Session participants will then carry out a Visual Preference Survey with professor Tony Nelessen to gauge the appropriateness of multi-modal transportation choice as a tool for downtown revitalization. The audience will be asked to engage in a facilitated discussion on tools and techniques for conveying planning topics that might otherwise seems as esoteric to the public, including the use of film for community education and engagement.


  • Ranjit Walia, AICP, PP, Principal, Civic Eye Collaborative (Moderator) (Video)
  • Anton Nelessen, Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (Presentation PDF)
  • Ian Sacs, P.E., Director of Transportation and Parking, City of Hoboken

11:00 A.M. Session II

Redevelopment in the Pinelands, Highlands and Meadowlands (Brunswick A, lower level)
The State of New Jersey has identified three areas where special circumstances justified creation of regional planning bodies to oversee development and preservation decisions: the Meadowlands (1969), Pinelands (1979) and Highlands (2004). Together they comprise 2,800 square miles, or 37 percent of the state’s land area. This panel will describe the nature of redevelopment opportunities in each region and explore how the regional planning commissions work to advance redevelopment. Panelists will highlight specific redevelopment projects and will engage in a conversation about innovative planning and regulatory approaches to facilitate redevelopment that can be applied elsewhere.


  • Andrew R. Davis, Vice President & General Counsel, PS&S (Moderator) (Presentation PDF) (Handout pdf)
  • Lori Grifa, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Chair, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (Presentation PDF)
  • Thomas J. O’Connor, Senior Partner, Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C. (Presentation PDF)
  • Eileen Swan, Executive Director, New Jersey Highlands Council (Presentation PDF)
  • Nancy Wittenberg, Executive Director, New Jersey Pinelands Commission

After ARC: Advancing Redevelopment Near Transit (Garden State A and B, first floor)
The potential of the now-defunct ARC mass transit tunnel project to serve as a catalyst for transit-oriented development and redevelopment throughout New Jersey has been discussed repeatedly. But does the cancellation of the tunnel mean that TOD will grind to a halt? Is the success of New Jersey’s transit network inextricably tied to the economic success of Manhattan? Will redevelopment near transit become more difficult in the absence of the tunnel’s anticipated boost to capacity and connectivity? Are there ways to implement greater transit investment and promote ridership within New Jersey? Join a distinguished panel of experts for a discussion of how to think about, capitalize on, and add to our transit infrastructure as a complement to – and driver of – redevelopment projects.


  • Mark Gander, Senior Project Manager, AECOM (Moderator)
  • Martin E. Robins, Director Emeritus, Voorhees Transportation Center (Presentation pdf) (Gateway pdf)
  • James W. Hughes, Ph.D., Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Presentation PDF)
  • Thomas Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association (Presentation PDF)

Survival of New Jersey’s Cities and Inner Ring Suburbs (Brunswick C, lower level)
Cities in New Jersey house a disproportionate share of lower-income households and tax-exempt properties, making them fiscally unsustainable and dependent upon the rest of the state. The economic downturn, along with the latest taxing and spending policies coming out of Trenton, will further challenge New Jersey’s cities, and the impact will be felt in the suburban communities ringing these cities, as well. Hear how some of New Jersey’s cities are handling the current crisis and how their neighbors can either be part of the solution or exacerbate the problem.


  • Annemarie C. Uebbing, Director, Community Planning and Development Division, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Newark Field Office-Region II (Moderator)
  • Richard F. Keevey, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark (pdf)
  • Alan Mallach, FAICP, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, the Brookings Institution (pdf)
  • Wayne Smith, Mayor, Township of Irvington

The Neighborhood Grocer: Accommodating Supermarket Development (Brunswick B, lower level)
Supermarkets are tremendous assets to communities. They create jobs, serve as retail anchors and provide access to nutritious food. Unfortunately, the large XXX,XXX square foot grocery store format does not easily fit into the redevelopment context and it has become difficult for communities to attract providers to downtown locations. In this session, speakers will discuss the challenges faced by supermarkets when looking at a more urban location, as well as the opportunities presented by smaller-format retailers that are beginning to emerge.


  • Patricia L. Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, The Reinvestment Fund (Moderator)
  • Patrick J. Burns, Chief Executive Officer & President, The Fresh Grocer (pdf)
  • Christopher J. Paladino, President, New Brunswick Development Corporation (pdf)

Redeveloper Agreements: Negotiating the Deal (Brunswick D, lower level)
The redeveloper agreement is where the “rubber meets the road” in many redevelopment projects and can have as much impact on the final project as the redevelopment plan itself. The agreement details the responsibilities of both parties – the redeveloper and the municipality – and lays out the terms and timing that will be enforced over what will likely be several years of implementation. In this session, the group will discuss some of the basics, as well as use the negotiation process as a lens through with which they can view how to arrive at a redevelopment deal, one that works for both the town and the developer.


  • Andrew Brewer, Esq. Senior Associate, Maraziti, Falcon & Healey (Moderator)
  • George Jacobs, President, Jacobs Enterprise
  • Helga van Eckert, Executive Director, Office of Economic/Community Development, City of Perth Amboy
  • John Wyciskala, Esq., Partner, Inglesino, Pearlman, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLC

Inclusionary Redevelopment: A New Focus for Housing Policy (Conference Room B, second floor)
Recent housing legislation (Senate bill S-1 and Assembly bill A-3447) has exhibited a greater focus on redevelopment than has been true in the recent past. This session will provide an update on the current status of the legislative effort to replace the Council on Affordable Housing and will consider what requirements municipalities may face if the principles embodied in the recent bills are ultimately signed into law in some form. We will pay particular attention to the implications for redevelopment, reminding attendees why redevelopment projects need to be inclusionary and providing suggestions for how municipal leaders in mostly built-out towns can get ahead of the game by incorporating mixed-income housing into redevelopment projects. We will also discuss alternative housing reform proposals from advocacy groups and the homebuilding community, elements of which may ultimately find their way into the final legislation.


  • Kevin Walsh, Associate Director, Fair Share Housing (Moderator)
  • Steve Eisdorfer, Partner, Hill Wallack LLP (pdf)
  • James E. Harris, President, New Jersey State Conference of the NCAAP
  • Pasquale Menna, Esq., Mayor, Borough of Red Bank

What to do in an Economic Slump? Creating the Infrastructure for Future Investment (Conference Room A, second floor)
There is no denying that economic conditions have slowed development in New Jersey. Despite this slump, there are redevelopment projects that communities can pursue that will help create the infrastructure for future investment. In this session, speakers will examine the types of publicly led projects, such as parking structures, that can lay the foundation for commercial development, as well as discuss some of the financing options and incentives that can be accessed to help make these projects happen.


  • Anne Babineau, Esq., Partner, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A (Moderator)
  • Sarah Clarke, Executive Vice President, new Brunswick Development. Corp. (pdf)
  • Dan Mariniello, President, NW Financial Group, LLC (pdf)
  • Timothy Lizura, Senior Vice President for Business Development, New Jersey Economic Development (pdf)

2:15 P.M. Session III

Energizing the State Plan to Advance Redevelopment (Brunswick A, lower level)
During his campaign for governor, then-candidate Chris Christie endorsed a strong State Development and Redevelopment Plan as a means to align state agencies behind a single agenda to improve the state. This panel will focus on the evolving role of state planning in the Christie administration, starting with setting a strategic guide for growth. Speakers will describe the state’s best opportunities for creating jobs in already developed areas, and how the State Plan can facilitate investment in those locations. The role of the State Plan in directing growth away from the state’s open lands and into walkable, healthy infrastructure-rich areas will also be discussed.


  • Edward J. McKenna, Jr., Senior Partner, McKenna, DuPont, Higgins and Stone; Chair, New Jersey State Planning Commission (Moderator)
  • Jay Biggins, Executive Managing Director, Biggins Lacy & Shapiro (pdf)
  • Wayne Hasenbalg, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning, Office of the Governor
  • Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director, Pinelands Preservation Alliance (pdf)

Will NJ Transit’s Parking Privatization Affect Transit-Oriented Development? (Garden State A and B, first floor)
Parking is an essential component of NJ Transit’s network, allowing people from all over the state to take advantage of public transit. But the land that parking occupies is also valuable for transit-oriented development, which can lead to conflicts. Recently, in an attempt to improve parking capacity while bringing in needed revenue, NJ Transit has solicited bids to privatize the operation of parking facilities at 81 of its busiest stations. While the details are still being discussed, some worry that this initiative could stifle TOD and hamstring local communities from pursuing their own plans on that land. Panelists will address these concerns and discuss ideas ways to preserve TOD opportunities, the benefits and drawbacks of privatization, and the view from local communities.


  • Jay Corbalis, Policy Analyst, New Jersey Future (Moderator) (pdf)
  • Len Bier, Princpal, Bier Associates Parking Consultants
  • Tom Murphy, Former Mayor, City of Pittsburgh; Senior Fellow, Urban Land Institute
  • Douglas Newman, Village President, Township of South Orange Village

Renewables and Redevelopment? Balancing Redevelopment with Green Energy Production (Conference Room A, second floor)
Should spaces like brownfields and landfills be used as solar panel “fields”? Or should they be redeveloped with offices, housing, and transit? Is there a way to make both possible? This panel will highlight recent case studies in Trenton and Jersey City, and look at the types of ordinances communities are putting in place to allow these projects.


  • Lance Miller, Director-Energy Practice, Omni Environmental (Moderator)
  • Governor James J. Florio, Founding Partner, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader
  • Alfred Matos, Vice President – Renewables and Energy Solutions, PSE&G (pdf)
  • George Vallone, President, Hoboken Brownstone Company (pdf)

Securing Redevelopment Financing: The Development Challenge (Brunswick  D, lower level)
As the economy continues to recover, the rules for securing redevelopment financing will change. Redevelopment veterans will share strategies that can be employed by the municipality, developer, state and private lenders as the new economy unfolds. Panelists will discuss best practices for financing redevelopment deals.


  • Leslie A. Anderson, Executive Director, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (Moderator)
  • Christopher Fiore, Deputy Executive Director, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency
  • Bernel Hall, Senior Transaction Manager, New York City Housing Authority
  • Eldridge Hawkins, Mayor, City of Orange

Using Historic Preservation to Revitalize Commercial Districts (Brunswick C, lower level)
This panel explores the revitalization of commercial corridors in a historic preservation context and how for-profit developers, nonprofits, residents, civic associations, and historic preservationists can work together to both promote economic development and preserve history.


  • Ron Emrich, Executive Director, Preservation New Jersey (Moderator)
  • Heather McCall, Asst. State Coordinator, Main Street New Jersey, NJDCA
  • Sandy Forosisky, Director of Redevelopment, City of Vineland (pdf)
  • Michele Massey, Executive Director, Monticello Avenue Main Street Program, Monticello CDC (pdf)

Areas in Need of Rehabilitation: Exploring the Potential and Limitations (Brunswick B, lower level)
The successful redevelopment of an area does not always have to involve the acquisition, clearance and assemblage of multiple properties for new buildings and uses. In many cases, the designation of an “area in need of rehabilitation” may be the a better option. In this session, speakers will explore the tools available to towns with this designation, its limitations as well as strategies for using the area- in-need-of rehabilitation designation as part of a broader revitalization strategy.


  • Philip J. Morin, III, Esq., Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader (Moderator)
  • Anne Babineau, Esq., Partner, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, PA (pdf)
  • Marta Lefsky, Director of Planning & Development, Woodbridge Township (pdf)
  • Raymond McCarthy, Mayor, Town of Bloomfield (pdf)
  • David G. Roberts, AICP, PP, LLA, RLA, LEED-AP, Department Manager, Maser Consulting PA (pdf)

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