Area of Focus
The Livability and Environment Committee focuses on the physical nature of the region, including the built environment, infrastructure and natural systems. The committee’s primary task will be to guide the consortium in developing a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) that promotes a physical environment consistent with HUD’s Livability Principles and related long-term outcomes. Ideally, the RPSD will call for the kind of strong communities, infrastructure and natural systems that achieve the elements of sustainability – a prosperous economy, a healthy environment, and an equitable society.
The Livability and Environment Committee will comprise members with experience and interest in transportation, housing, energy, climate change, urban design, development and redevelopment, environment, green buildings, regional planning, and green infrastructure. The following organizational members of the project team will also be represented on the committee: New Jersey Future (lead), Regional Plan Association (RPA), the Housing and Community Development Network (HCDN), North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT).
See the full list of organizations represented in the committee, and the leadership team on our participant page.
The committee will organize its work according to the topics listed below. Its first task will be to prepare reports assessing regional conditions for each topic:
- Land Use and Urban Design (RPA Lead): This topic includes the location and form of development, including land use patterns, density, the mix of uses, public spaces and place-making. The report will identify opportunities for specific types of development, such as transit-oriented development, as well as obstacles to their construction.
- Transportation (NJTPA & NJ Transit Co-Lead): This report will characterize the region’s multi-modal transportation system in terms of both the management of transportation assets and the performance of the system, with a focus on specific places and their experience of transportation safety, accessibility, mobility and affordability.
- Housing (HCDN Lead): This topic focuses on the diversity and affordability of the region’s housing stock, as well as neighborhood and community quality, the geographic distribution of housing and patterns of residential development.
- Natural Systems (New Jersey Future Lead): This report will look at several aspects of natural systems including air quality, the network of natural and agricultural lands, and water quality and quantity. It will also assess traditional water infrastructure systems (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater) as well as green infrastructure approaches to managing urban stormwater.
- Energy & Climate (NJTPA Lead): This topic includes greenhouse gas emissions from mobile sources, climate adaptation, energy use and green building.
Standing Committee members will advise the project team members throughout the development of the topic reports, and subsequent recommendation reports. Committee members will be asked to review draft reports and provide feedback at meetings and in writing.