Below is a collection of all posts from the committees.
Floodplain easements and buy-out programs are available to interested property owners in flood prone areas. Through the Emergency Watershed Protection program – Floodplain Easement, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide up to $124.8 million for the purchase of floodplain easements to restore Sandy-impacted lands to their natural condition.
Please join us on Tuesday, August 9 from 1pm – 2:30pm for an online webinar addressing climate change. Living in a state that is on pace to bear the impacts of climate change more quickly and harshly than others, New Jersey planners should be familiar with the most current research and best practices. (CM | 1.5)
The DCA guidelines specify that all grant projects are to be managed by planners with AICP/PP credentials. This is an important opportunity for NJ planners to provide leadership in recovery planning efforts by partnering with mitigation specialists, floodplain managers, and other professionals.
In rejecting the Christie Administration’s argument that the Governor had the power to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) under the “Executive Reorganization Act,” the Court not only affirmed an Appellate Court decision that had invalidated the Governor’s reorganization plan but also appeared to invite the Governor and the Legislature to cooperate in the passage and enactment of COAH Reform.
APA-NJ is working in partnership with the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance to undertake an online survey of New Jersey planners to better understand your perspectives regarding climate change impacts and actions that are needed to address those impacts.
To further help the revitalization of Superstorm Sandy-impacted communities, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced the $5 million allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds for the Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program. This grant program is available for counties and municipalities to hire licensed planners to assist in formulating long-term rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Come explore Orange’s Valley Arts District – a strikingly rich multicultural community nested in the Valley of West Orange and Orange. The narrated one hour walk will include a tour of former industrial and commercial buildings rehabilitated by HANDS and now occupied by local artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and arts-based non-profit organizations.