There is no denying the positive transformation that has occurred in the Meadowlands since the Hackensack Meadowlands Reclamation and Development Act (N.J.S.A. 13:17-1 et seq), was signed into law over 40 years ago.
On Thursday, March 3rd, members of the APA-NJ Legislative Committee met with Gerald Sharfenberger to discuss policy concerns and to learn more about Strate Strategic Planning Process.
We recommend the following language as the means to enhance the quality of analysis that informs the master plan reexamination process. These changes would result in master plans that are better equipped to protect or improve the quality of life for all residents and that can better direct targeted and strategic investment of local and state economic development resources.
“Since 1991, New Jersey has had a State Development and Redevelopment Plan in place to help guide economic growth and land conservation efforts at the state and local levels. In recent years, it has been marginalized, in large measure due to the inability of state agencies to cooperate with one another.
The American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ) voiced its opposition over a bill approved yesterday by the New Jersey Assembly that would allow New Jersey municipalities 10 years between reviews of their master plans.
With changes in state planning policy underway, including the Lieutenant Governor’s recent announcement of the creation of the Office of Planning Advocacy, APA-NJ is working to make sure the valuable voices of New Jersey’s professional planners will be heard in the administration.