Building One New Jersey

State Planning for Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Growth
Friday, July 23rd, 9am at Frist Campus Center, Princeton University

Confirmed Featured Speaker:
Hon. Ron Sims, Dep. Secretary of US HUD on federal sustainable communities initiative
Confirmed Featured Speaker:
Hon. Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor of New Jersey on state planning and economic growth


PlanSmart NJ, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected land use planning organization, and the New Jersey Regional Coalition, New Jersey’s most effective regional equity advocates, have joined to provide a dynamic interchange on the fiscal, economic and social crises facing the State today and to hear a new, powerful agenda of reform to address them.

At the head of this agenda is an overhaul of the State Planning and the Fair Housing Acts. These reforms will:

  • link jobs, housing, transportation and natural resource protection through reform of the State Planning Act
  • connect State agency regulations and investments to a shared vision of the future of New Jersey
  • provide a regional framework for municipal planning and zoning
  • promote efficiency, predictability and accountability in government at all levels

This conference will make the case of the compelling need and a growing appetite for reform at all levels of government for more integrated communities, more housing and transportation choices, a stronger economy and a better quality of life for all. Be there to add your voice!

Confirmed Conference Speakers:
Dennis Bone, President, Verizon NJ
Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown
Honorable Joseph Cryan, NJ Assembly Majority Leader
David Rusk, National Expert on Regional Equity
Honorable Stephen Sweeney, NJ Senate President
Timothy Touhey, Executive VP, NJ Builders Association

Title Sponsors:

NJ Regional Council of Carpenters

SGED Coalition Members:

  • Building Contractors Association of New Jersey
  • CoreNet Global – NJ Chapter
  • Counselors of Real Estate – NJ Chapter
  • Downtown New Jersey
  • Economic Development Association of New Jersey
  • Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers – NJ Chapter
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties – NJ
  • Newark Regional Business Partnership New Jersey Apartment Association
  • New Jersey Association of REALTORS
  • New Jersey Builders Association
  • New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • New Jersey Laborers’-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust
  • New Jersey Retail Merchants Association
  • New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development
  • New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce
  • PlanSmart NJ
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors – NJ Chapter


Atlantic City Electric
Excell Environmental Resources, Inc.
K. Hovnanian Homes
New Jersey Natural Gas
Maraziti, Falcon, & Healey LLP
New Jersey Utility Association
New York Shipping Association, Inc.


APA-NJ: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers

Conference speakers affirm better land use can produce better lives

Almost 400 people attended the PlanSmart NJ and NJ Regional Coalition policy conference at Princeton University: Building ONE New Jersey: State Planning for Inclusion, Sustainability, and Economic Development. Keynote speaker Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), along with author and national expert on fair housing and regional equity David Ruskand Georgetown law professor and author on race and integration Sherryl Cashin challenged the audience to work together to change federal and state regulations and investments as well as local planning and zoning to produce a better quality of life for all. New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno spoke at lunch about the need for a new, more streamlined State Plan. She announced the Administration’s decision to move the Office of Smart Growth to her office, renaming it the Office of Planning Advocacy.

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