Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

Transit-Oriented Development

Transit oriented development, or TOD, is generally defined as mixed-use residential and commercial development that is designed to take advantage of public transportation access. TOD is an important component of smart growth because it allows people to live, work and play without having to rely on a car. TOD also allows the state to grow in a way that takes advantage of existing infrastructure and does not consume our limited open space.

Elements of good transit oriented development include pedestrian-friendly design, a mix of compatible uses, connectivity to the surrounding community and a mix of housing options. New Jersey Future supports the expansion of TOD near New Jersey’s transit stations, and encourages municipalities to enact zoning that allows such development to occur.

Research and Publications
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09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation

09/24/2015: New Jersey Future Testimony on Port Authority Reform Legislation

Future Facts
The March Toward Walkable Urbanism Continues

New Census municipal population estimates confirm a continuation of the trend toward places with mixed-use centers and a dense local street grid, and in particular toward towns with access to rail transit.

Opportunity Zones Take Another Step Forward

New Jersey’s proposal to designate 169 Census tracts as Opportunity Zones has been approved. Analysis shows they represent the kinds of places where the state would like to direct growth, and where targeted investment can catalyze economic revitalization.

A Competition Over Placemaking

Speakers at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum plenary session discussed how to capitalize on national trends affecting redevelopment, and things New Jersey can do to foster revitalization of communities of all sizes. The key, they all said, is placemaking.

Millennials: What Do They Want?

The Millennial Town Hall at the Redevelopment Forum looked at some of the key issues keeping Millennials from starting their careers in New Jersey, including access to transportation options besides cars, and to housing they can afford.

How the Fourth Regional Plan Could Affect New Jersey

The Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan was unveiled Nov. 30. Many of its recommendations support New Jersey Future’s Gubernatorial Blueprint, and carry implications for how New Jersey will grow in the future as part of the tri-state metropolitan area.

Articles and Stories
Strong Towns Presentation

Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn will visit Hackensack April 13, 2016, to deliver a presentation on ways to invest for community resiliency and prosperity.

OFF TRACK? An Assessment of Mixed-Income Housing around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

An analysis of household income distributions in the neighborhoods around New Jersey’s transit stations shows that not all station areas offer the benefits of transit access across all income levels. June 2015.

New Jersey’s Economic Opportunity Act and Smart Growth: A Progress Report

The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 included additional incentives for projects destined for “smart-growth” areas. This report analyzes how effective the updated incentives have been at directing growth to those areas. December 2014.

Condominiums and Artists Spaces in an Old Hat Factory

2016 Smart Growth Awards: The F. Berg Hat Factory Complex in Orange will be redeveloped into residences and artists spaces, and will serve as an anchor to the Valley Arts District.

Targeting Transit: Assessing Development Opportunities Around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

New Jersey has 243 transit facilities, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location’s potential. This report shows how data assembled by New Jersey Future can be used to make decisions on how to target various kinds of transit-oriented development efforts. September 2012.

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