Browsing articles in "State Plan"

Opinion: Marking Time Until The Revised State Plan Can be Adopted

Aug 14, 2013   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Economic Development, Lucy Vandenberg, NJ Spotlight, Opinion, PlanSmart NJ, Policy, Speaks Out Blog, State Plan  //  Comments Off on Opinion: Marking Time Until The Revised State Plan Can be Adopted

The blueprint for growth and preservation is integral not just to development but also to quality of life in New Jersey

As New Jersey residents watch a variety of important economic growth, Hurricane Sandy, and open-space protection bills wind their way through the Legislature this summer, it’s hard not to think how much further along we would be if New Jersey had adopted a new State Plan. word cloud for state plan

New Jersey’s revised State Plan, our state’s blueprint for growth and land preservation, was originally set to be adopted by the State Planning Commission last year. The new State Plan — still in draft form — provides a broad framework for how and where development should take place in New Jersey, as well as criteria for conservation. Unfortunately, the revised State Plan is in a deep freeze, at least until after November’s election. Read more >>

Opinion: How People, Places Can Shape Economic Growth

Apr 11, 2012   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Opinion, Policy, Speaks Out Blog, State Plan  //  Comments Off on Opinion: How People, Places Can Shape Economic Growth

Both have roles in the state’s Strategic Plan to spur development

Image Source: Chris Lynch, Digital Irvine

Last week, the public comment period closed for the new State Strategic Plan. Last updated more than 10 years ago, it is intended to guide New Jersey’s physical growth and development.

The document is relevant to anyone who cares about how and where New Jersey will grow in the future, how it will foster economic growth, what types of infrastructure investments will be made, and what’s being done to create vibrant, diverse communities here in the Garden State. A vote on the revised version of the State Strategic Plan incorporating public comments is expected at the April 25 state Planning Commission meeting. Read more >>

New State Plan Starts Off on the Right Foot

Nov 4, 2011   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Policy, Speaks Out Blog, State Plan  //  Comments Off on New State Plan Starts Off on the Right Foot

The State of New Jersey Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA) recently unveiled Governor Christie’s vision for a new State Strategic Job Growth Plan.  The draft Plan completely revamps a State Plan that was last adopted a decade ago.  New Jersey’s landscape has changed a lot since then:   243,000 housing units have been added, New Jersey’s population has grown by 377,000, and over 30% of New Jersey’s 5 million acres have become suburbanized.  Meanwhile, our cities continue to lose population.

The last State Plan disappointed almost everyone – planners, developers, municipalities, and environmentalists.  It contained much in the way of aspirational language but had limited impact – only 17 of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities achieved consistency with the State Plan, known as “plan endorsement”.  Incentives were few and state agencies, for the most part, didn’t change the way they did business to support State Plan implementation.

The new Plan has the potential to change all that.  It sets forth four goals: targeted economic growth, effective planning for vibrant regions, preservation and enhancement of critical state resources, and tactical alignment of government.  It proposes “guiding principles for State decision-making”:  predictability, spatial efficiency, leveraging assets, sustainability, and institutionalizing change. Read more >>

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