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September 14, 2017
Bell Works
Holmdel, New Jersey

There has been little to no focus on statewide land use planning since 2010. With the governor and all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature up for grabs, we have an opportunity to articulate a land use planning and economic development agenda for all of the candidates to consider. The 6th Annual New Jersey Planning Summit will offer us that opportunity.

In an interactive “Town Hall” format, PlanSmart NJ has invited each of the gubernatorial candidates to commit their participation should they prevail in the June 6th primary. Following the presentations we will open the floor and engage as a community to discuss what we’ve heard and to collectively offer our ideas and recommendations. Our discussion will be compiled and presented to each of the candidates as a planning and economic blueprint for the future. We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, September 14 to be a part of this conversation.



8:30 – 9:00 Registration and networking continental breakfast
 9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks:
Karen Jezierny, PlanSmart NJ President
Stephen O’Connor, Ph.D., PlanSmart NJ Executive Director
 9:15 – 9:45 The Republican Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for NJ
 9:45 – 10:00 Break
 10:00 – 10:30 The Democratic Gubernatorial candidate’s vision for NJ
 10:30 – 10:40 Break
  10:40 – 12:00 The PlanSmart Town Hall: Moving Forward In An Uncertain World

PlanSmart Executive Director Stephen O’Connor will moderate a ninety-minute exploration of the ways in which New Jerseyans can address the many challenges we face and can plan for growth and economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner, and revive ‘stranded assets’ to assist in the state’s recovery.  The audience will hear from, and we will engage with, a panel of experts in planning, transportation, energy and infrastructure, housing, local government, and environmental protection, including:

  • Michele Brown – President & CEO, Choose NJ
  • Gene Diaz – Principal Partner, Prism Properties
  • Tim Dillingham – Executive Director, American Littoral Society
  • Devra Goldberg – Canoe Brook Partners
  • James Maley Jr. – Mayor, Collingswood Borough
  • Anthony Marchetta – Executive Director, NJHMFA
  • (Additional panelists may be added)

Audience Participation will be encouraged during this portion of the program

12:00 – 12:30  Wrap-up and Lunch




We have applied to provide:
AICP CM Credits
CLE Credits
RMC and CPWM Municipal Credits

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