The primary goal of TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY is the preparation of a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD). The plan will be both “place-based” and “issue-based” and will use sustainability, transit system connectivity and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) as the central framework for integrating plans, regulations, investments, and incentive programs at all levels of government to improve economic and environmental conditions, while promoting regional equity and resource efficiency. The RPSD is both the representation of a common vision for a more sustainable region, and a blueprint on how to make that vision as reality.
The RPSD will establish a regional framework for sustainable community development that will leverage the significant past, current and probable future investment in the region’s transit infrastructure. The RPSD planning process will promote a robust and balanced discussion of policies, strategies, and investments, giving due attention to long-term demographic and economic trends and pressures, the need for fiscal responsibility, and the importance of honing strategies to be economically competitive without threatening the public health, safety, and welfare.
The RPSD will seek to harmonize existing plans, including the NJ State Strategic Plan, NJ’s Consolidated (housing) Plan, NJTPA’s Plan 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, NJDOT’s Long-Range Transportation Plan, NJDEP’s Water Supply and Wastewater Management Plans, NJ Highland Council Regional Master Plan, NJ Pinelands Commission Comprehensive Management Plan, County Growth Management Plans, Municipal Master Plans, and others. The RPSD will foster an integrated regional vision for where future housing development (including housing affordable to a range of income levels), employment and education centers, transportation infrastructure, water and wastewater infrastructure, green infrastructure and other investments should be made to achieve RPSD goals and program outcomes.
By working collaboratively with our partners, the RPSD will properly address regional challenges in a more comprehensive and effective way than has been previously possible.