Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr. to serve as a panelist at the 2019 New Jersey Planning Conference of the American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter, held on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in New Brunswick at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the topic of “The Future of State Planning.”
The State Planning Act of 1985 resulted in adoption of New Jersey State Plans in 1996 and 2001 that articulated a vision for compact, center-based development and redevelopment with a high quality of life surrounded by open natural lands. Thanks in large part to market forces, there has been a resurgence of interest in creating and living in walkable cities and towns. But communities and the Sate now face new threats from climate change, aging water and transportation infrastructure, gentrification, affordability and increasingly dire economic stressors. Meanwhile, State planning efforts languish with a Commission that no longer functions. This interactive session will engage the audience in an exploration of an effective, relevant approach for State planning in New Jersey for the 2020s. Panelists will prime the conversation with brief reviews of the context for State planning today, focusing on market forces and fiscal realities, water systems, transportation and resiliency. They will then engage the audience in identifying practical approaches and targeted solutions for an effective, timely State Plan “refresh,” that the Murphy Administration could help implement through a collaborative process. New Jersey is in competition with other states and the world. What would transform New Jersey into a highly desirable location?