Community Planning Assistance Program

Message from Tom Schulze, CPAP Coordinator

Welcome and thank you for your interest in APA-NJ’s Community Planning Assistance Program.   Our goal is to provide volunteer planning support to municipalities and community-based organizations in New Jersey.  

The types of issues that could be addressed in the program include; developing vision plans, housing needs assessment, environmental planning, site planning, local transportation plans or traffic circulation studies, parking strategies, transit oriented development and redevelopment conceptual plans, developing a planning process, guidance on neighborhood-based plans, economic development initiatives, and recreation needs.

We are entering the third year of the program and have successfully completed over a dozen community driven plans throughout New Jersey. You can see a brief description of these below.

If you have any questions or need more information, I encourage you to contact me.


 CPAP Projects & Updates

Perth Amboy Post Sandy Plans for Rebuilding the Waterfront

posted on April 29th, 2013 in CP Assistance Program

CPAP volunteers were asked to review the plans by the City’s engineer for quickly rebuilding the waterfront area along Kill Van Kull and Raritan Bay. The area was badly damaged in the storm, and the city wanted to begin the repairs in time for the 20__ summer season on the waterfront. The volunteers attended a presentation by the engineer to the city officials, then, within several days, delivered a review of the proposals. The review affirmed the majority of the engineer’s proposals, and made some recommendations for making the waterfront more resilient in future storms.

Bradley Beach

posted on October 20th, 2012 in CP Assistance Program, News

The Borough of Bradley Beach sought planning assistance to explore economic and design issues in support of revitalizing its Main Street commercial corridor. The central business district has traditionally thrived based on its rich variety of restaurant offerings, which attract a regional audience on a year round basis. However, that pattern has eroded in recent years, and the district is in need of new strategies for its economic survival.

City Planning In Schools

posted on August 31st, 2012 in CP Assistance Program, News

CPAP volunteers have initiated and run several efforts to introduce Newark public school students to the basic of city planning and how it can lead to positive changes in their neighborhoods. A major goal was to train students in assessing the strengths and weaknesses in their communities and the appropriate process for creating changes in their neighborhoods.

Maurice River Township

posted on July 17th, 2012 in CP Assistance Program, News

The CPAP workshop was designed as a two-day intensive work session. During the first day the planning team toured the municipality and attempted to characterize the critical issues facing the Township. In the evening of the first day the team conducted a public meeting to review and seek verification of its conclusions from the Township’s residents, elected and appointed officials. On day two of the workshop, the team was tasked with devising strategies the Township should consider to respond to the identified issues. These recommendations were presented in a second public meeting on the evening of day 2.

Survey Report: NJ Community Based Organizations

posted on June 3rd, 2011 in CP Assistance Program, News

In June 2011, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (NJ-APA) released the New Jersey Community Based Organization (CBO) Needs Assessment Survey. The survey was designed with the intent of bridging the gap between CBO’s in New Jersey, and the states city and regional network of city planners. The goal of the survey is to better understand the types of planning support these CBO’s need. This survey will support and direct the NJ-APAs newest committee, the Community Planning Assistance Committee, in its efforts to identify and mitigate the most pressing needs facing CBO’s by providing volunteer planning services.

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