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2014 Summit Summary of Rountable Discussions

Sep 8, 2014   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   2014 NJ Regional Planning Summit, Changing Economy, Changing Land Use, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Municipal Government, New Jersey, NJ, Policy, Redevelopment, Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on 2014 Summit Summary of Rountable Discussions

14505884422_e6e96b9430_zFollowing our morning keynote presentation and response panels, Summit attendees were invited to discuss a series of questions in small groups at their tables over lunch. The many interesting observations recorded will guide our research in the coming year.

All tables agreed that New Jersey’s regulatory system and infrastructure funding is in a crisis, and needs to change to respond to the demands of a new economy and a changing climate.

There were recurring themes in identifying the most pressing problems: Read more >>

PlanSmart NJ is Member of Consortium Awarded $5M HUD Sustainable Communities Grant

Nov 21, 2011   //   by PlanSmart NJ   //   Speaks Out Blog  //  Comments Off on PlanSmart NJ is Member of Consortium Awarded $5M HUD Sustainable Communities Grant

The North Jersey Sustainable Communities Consortium today was awarded a $5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant award. PlanSmart NJ is a partner in the North Jersey Sustainable Communities Consortium, a project administered by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

PlanSmart NJ will play a key role in providing expertise related to housing and community development, state and regional planning, redevelopment, land preservation, and consensus-building. PlanSmartNJ is committed to engaging the public and stakeholders in the region to increase participation in the planning and visioning process.

“This project will bring together leaders and visionaries in the state to work toward comprehensive solutions for regional land use planning. PlanSmart NJ looks forward to working with the Consortium to develop a truly equitable and sustainable plan that will serve as a beacon for our northern New Jersey communities.” said Raymond Ferrara, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors, PlanSmart NJ. “It is clear that the status quo is no longer sustainable in NJ.  This grant will provide an impetus to jumpstart our economy, invest in our infrastructure, and align our local planning efforts for a better future for allNew Jersey residents.” Read more >>

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