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Posts Tagged ‘2024 NJ Planning and Redevelopment Conference’

New Jersey’s Housing Landscape: The Mount Laurel Doctrine and the Search for the Missing Middle

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

The rising costs of housing in New Jersey are affecting everyone, especially individuals and households at the lower end of the income spectrum. New Jersey’s unique Mount Laurel doctrine is meant to address the need for housing for lower-income households, but it also indirectly has a major effect on the supply of market-rate multi-family units in the process.

New Jersey Needs More Housing, and Municipalities are on the Front Lines

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

Without a safe, stable place to call home, how can people achieve any personal goals?” asked Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jacquelyn Suárez. Her opening remarks kicked off the session, “Housing: What’s Next in New Jersey?” at the 2024 NJ Planning and Redevelopment Conference.

Stormwater Pays No Mind to Municipal Borders—Why Should You?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

“Stormwater follows watershed boundaries, not political boundaries,” said Dr. Dan Van Abs, Professor at Rutgers University, during the 2024 New Jersey Planning & Redevelopment Conference (PRC). Many of New Jersey’s 564 municipalities grapple with flooding issues. For some, it is not uncommon for as little as three inches of rainfall to grind daily life to a halt.

Heat, Air Quality, and Hope: Community Research and Resilience in Elizabeth, NJ

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

Elizabeth is nestled on the shore of Newark Bay in Union County, a dense, urban enclave in the heart of the Meadowlands estuary and wetlands. Our neighbors include: the Newark Liberty International Airport, where planes fly by my apartment multiple times a day creating noise nuisance.

Municipal Leaders Claim Public Engagement is Largest Asset to Lead Replacement Efforts

Monday, June 24th, 2024

“We collectively work towards a future where every resident in New Jersey has access to clean, safe, and lead-free drinking water by fostering collaboration and sharing knowledge through innovation,” declared Richard Calbi, Director of Ridgewood Water, as he opened the lead service line replacement session at the 2024 Planning and Redevelopment Conference.

Unlocking Opportunities: Securing Funding for Trail-Related Projects

Monday, June 24th, 2024

As the nation’s most densely populated state, New Jersey packs in more people per square mile than anywhere else. Our most vibrant cities and towns include compact, walkable downtowns and active streetscapes—complemented by accessible greenways and trails for recreation, a respite from urban life, and healthy, carbon-free travel. But being the Garden State, we can do so much more.

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