October 28, 2013 The Honorable Chris ChristieOffice of the GovernorPO Box 001Trenton, NJ 08625 Dear Governor Christie: Thank you for your ongoing efforts to respond to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. Like you, we have been working to support New Jerseyans and help our communities – from Bergen to Cape May counties – not […]
On March 19 2013, the APA-NJ Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee submitted comments in response to the NJDCA CDBG-Disaster Recovery Action Plan to Commissioner Richard Constable. Coordination between state, federal and local agencies and building capacity to properly and effectively administer the $1.8 billion in funding was highlighted as the top priority.
Through its Hazard Mitigation and Recovery Planning Committee, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association agreed that it would be useful to provide the State of New Jersey guidance aimed at informing its decision-making process on how to make mitigation and recovery planning more effective. The initial focus is on what the “Gold Standard” for Mitigation Planning in New Jersey would look like.
New Jersey Assembly Bill No. 2586 (Senate Bill No. 1534) would exempt private colleges and universities from any kind of municipal land use oversight and from requirements for compliance with local zoning codes under the Municipal Land Use Law. Join APA-NJ in opposing this bill!
If enacted, S-1534 would exempt private colleges from any kind of municipal land use oversight and from requirements for compliance with local zoning codes under the Municipal Land Use Law and eliminate the review that municipal planning boards and boards of zoning adjustment conduct when evaluating land use applications.
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to eliminate the American Community Survey (ACS). This action strikes at the heart of the quality of federal data for local planning. Join the APA-NJ and take action today!