Together North Jersey
In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Together North Jersey (aka North Jersey Sustainable Communities Consortium) a $5 million grant to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) in the 13-county North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority region of New Jersey.
Over the three year grant period (2012-2015), Together North Jersey will engage in a variety of tasks, including scenario planning, staging educational and training events, piloting Local Demonstration Projects, and administering grants to local governments and community organizations. The plan will be built around three core topic areas: Livability and Environment; Economic Competitiveness and Workforce Development; and Society and Community. In accordance with HUD’s focus on the combined impacts of housing and transportation, the RPSD will use sustainability, transit system connectivity and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as the central framework for integrating plans, regulations, investments, and incentive programs at all levels of government to improve economic and environmental conditions, while promoting regional equity and resource efficiency.
The outcome of the plan implementation will be a more sustainable future for the region that invests in existing communities where housing, jobs, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities are made more easily accessible to most residents of the region without having to drive to them.
Up to date information about the consortium can be found on the Together North Jersey website. Together North Jersey is sponsoring a number of events as part of its outreach effort. See the Together North Jersey Event Calendar for more information.