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State Planning

Where and how we grow is fundamental to New Jersey’s economic prosperity, environmental health and social equity.

In 1986, recognizing the critical role the state must play in directing future growth and aligning resources accordingly, New Jersey adopted the State Planning Act — a groundbreaking effort to coordinate land-use planning among state agencies and different levels of government.  The act mandated the creation of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan (the “State Plan”), as well as the formation of the State Planning Commission and its staff, now housed at the Office of Planning Advocacy in the Department of State.

But 20 years’ experience with state planning has produced mixed results.  The State Plan vision for strong communities and preserved open lands is widely shared and has helped shape development patterns.  But, for a variety of reasons, the Plan has not been fully implemented by either state agencies or municipalities. In response, in early 2011 the Christie administration began a process that culminated in October 2011 in the release of a proposed a new State Plan update called the State Strategic Plan.

See the latest information on the State Strategic Plan, including the latest draft of the Plan, statements from New Jersey Future, press coverage and analysis, and links to upcoming meetings and to state agency implementation steps.

 

Future Facts
New Jersey Future’s David Kutner To Receive Statewide Planning Award

New Jersey Future Planning Manager David Kutner, who directed the organization’s post-Hurricane Sandy recovery planning work, will receive APA NJ’s award for outstanding professional planning.

Report Gives New Jersey High Marks for Designating Opportunity Zones in Smart-Growth Locations

A new national report ranks New Jersey’s Opportunity zones high on smart-growth location potential, but also high on an index that predicts residents’ vulnerability to displacement.

Getting Sewage Off Our Streets and Out of Our Rivers

A new statewide campaign will work to engage communities in drafting proposed solutions to the problem of sewage overflows into area streets and waterways.

DEP Moves to Require Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management

The proposed new stormwater rule makes green infrastructure the priority for stormwater management, rather than an afterthought.

DEP Gathers Input at Coastal Resilience Summit on Local Actions To Plan for Climate Change

At an invitation-only gathering hosted by the state DEP, New Jersey Future provided insight on innovative planning strategies and implementation actions from other coastal locations that could inform coastal resilience initiatives in New Jersey.

Articles and Stories
ForwardNJ Coalition Lists Transportation Funding Priorities

the ForwardNJ coalition offers priorities for Transportation Trust Fund. February 2015.

New Jersey’s Urban Water Systems: A Challenge, and an Opportunity for Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, Vision

How can New Jersey turn this urban water infrastructure crisis into an opportunity for long-term prosperity. August 2014.

Experts Agree on Action Agenda To Address State’s Water Infrastructure Problems

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

New Report Highlights New Jersey’s Water Infrastructure Crisis

This report and related case studies summarize the state of urban water infrastructure in New Jersey and how it affects residents and businesses. May 2014.

2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award Announced

April 29, 2014 – Respected environmental lawyer Joe Marazati receives 2014 Cary Edwards Leadership Award at the Smart Growth Awards with New Jersey Future.

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