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 Transit Hub

posted on April 25th, 2024 in CP Assistance Program, News

In October 2022 the City of Perth Amboy was selected for a Transit Hub Volunteer Planning Project. The selection was made by the two organizations that would oversee the work, […]

Essex Street Gateway Transit Hub (Hackensack)

posted on May 5th, 2022 in CP Assistance Program

Through outreach to Hacksenack’s diverse population, research into effective Transit Hub strategies, and consideration of ways to better connect with county government offices, Main Street Redevelopment, and an expanding Hackensack University Medical Center, this report presents a strategic vision to renew and embrace the Essex Street Station within the City of Hackensack.

Fanwood Transit Hub

posted on August 15th, 2021 in CP Assistance Program

The APA New Jersey Community Planning Assistance Team worked closely with the Borough to develop a Transit Hub strategic plan that would strengthen the station area by improving pedestrian connections between the station and the surrounding cultural, retail, and commercial areas and the nearby library and the Kuran Cultural Center.

Transit Hubs Pilot Program

posted on April 23rd, 2020 in CP Assistance Program

The Transit Hubs Pilot program was developed to work with communities to create vibrant areas around existing train stations and/or stops, while supporting the community’s goals for economic development, land use, access to jobs and cultural development. The studies were completed by APA New Jersey in partnership NJTPA and Rutgers.

Paterson Greenway Project

posted on April 10th, 2020 in CP Assistance Program

In early 2019 Habitat for Humanity in Paterson, NJ contacted the APA-NJ chapter to talk about their need for a team of volunteer planners. They wanted to create a concept for a green space along the Passaic River in the Northside Neighborhood of Paterson, NJ. They wanted two types of green space; a walkway along the river, called Riverwalk, and a sports fields in an area along the river dominated by abandoned and marginal industrial and residential properties. The Northside Neighborhood is across the Passaic River from Downtown Paterson.  

Health Issues of the West Ward, Newark NJ

posted on March 2nd, 2018 in CP Assistance Program

The Chapter’s Community Planning Assistance Program was invited by Babyland Family Services in Newark’s West Ward to build upon its social service programs to address the growing healthcare disparities and substandard living conditions for families in the West Ward.

City Planning Institute

posted on October 23rd, 2017 in CP Assistance Program

This summer, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association partnered with several organizations to create the City Planning Institute, a two-week program in City Planning for 20 public […]