If New Jersey is ever going to embrace smart growth, advocates and stakeholders are first going to have to agree as to what it is — and isn’t. The Christie administration isn’t waiting. It’s overhauling the State Plan and is about to adopt a new investment strategy that it claims will spur economic growth while preserving New Jersey’s few remaining open spaces and farmland. Can the administration’s vision prevail? That’s just one of the topics that was explored at the NJ Spotlight Roundtable: The Growing Conflict Over Smart Growth.
Tom Johnson, environment editor and cofounder of NJ Spotlight.
Dan Kennedy, Deputy Director, Office for Planning Advocacy, Business Action Center, Department of State
Eileen Swan, former Executive Director, Highlands Council
Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future
Robert Antonicello, Executive Director, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency
John Weingart, Associate Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
Chapter 1: Introductions and Opening Remarks
Smart growth, like other catchphrases, can be a bit of a cliché at times. Is it possible to have a “new” conversation, not just about agreed-upon principles but one that explores meaningful strategies for moving ahead?
Chapter 2: Panel Discussion
Is smart growth alive and well or is it on life support in New Jersey?