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Three Community Strategies for Sustainable Future: A Look at Together North Jersey Local Demonstration Projects

Representatives from three Local Demonstration Projects (LDPs), sponsored by Together North Jersey, recently spoke about their work. This video features:

  • Matthew Holt, Hunterdon County Freeholder and Chairperson of NJTPA, discussing the collaboration between neighboring municipalities along the Route 202 corridor in Somerset and Hunterdon counties, aimed at developing a plan within the region by identifying opportunities for redevelopment that supports transit service along the corridor. (Project: Together 202: Reimagining Complete Communities Along a Connecting Corridor)
  • Valerie Jackson, Director of Planning and Community Development, East Orange, talking about strategies in Orange, East Orange, and Newark to address the north-south division caused by I-280 and to help residents access jobs, government services, and other resources on both sides of the highway. (Project: Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth)
  • Gary Engelstad, Mayor, Bradley Beach, providing an update on the effort in Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, and Neptune to improve communication about and to collaborate on development efforts such as improved public transit options, pedestrian improvements, and local development opportunities. (Project: Connecting Community Corridors)

The three panelists were moderated by NJ TRANSIT‘s Vivian Baker, Assistant Director, Transit Friendly Use & Development.

These projects are funded by Together North Jersey, a partnership led by the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, through a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. A number of community partners – municipalities, counties, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders – have received funds for LDPs to undertake planning activities that promote sustainable, transit-oriented development in local communities. Together North Jersey provides technical assistance to support these projects, advancing transit connectivity and livability in the northern New Jersey region and helping communities position themselves for an economically sustainable future.

These remarks were made on March 1, 2013 at New Jersey Future‘s annual Redevelopment Forum’s Strategic Sustainable Planning: Highlights from Pilot Communities in the Together North Jersey Region session.

Thanks to NJTPA for providing this video.

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