The Vision:  A livable North Jersey is a place where people of different lifestyles and life stages can find and afford a community that fits their needs. It’s a place with available housing options-providing access to arts, culture, recreation and high-quality schools. Livable communities are healthy, safe, inclusive and vibrant places to live, work , play and raise a family.

The Strategies:   The Strategies listed below will help our region work towards a more livable future:

Focus Area 6:  Create vibrant places and neighborhoods that will attract and retain residents, workers and visitors

  • Strategy 6.1: Design places that meet the diverse needs of people in all age groups
  • Strategy 6.2: Create a physical vision for new development based on an understanding of the unique characteristics that define each place
  • Strategy 6.3: Establish programming and management practices to create active, actively-managed spaces.
  • Strategy 6.4: Locate development in areas that are walkable, bikable, and accessible by public transit
  • Strategy 6.5: Invest strategically in catalyst spaces, rather than stand-alone building projects
  • Strategy 6.6: Create the local organizational framework to implement and manage these strategies.

Focus Area 8A:  Expand and diversify the region’s housing supply to meet current and future demand.

  • Strategy 8A.1: Increase housing variety and choice by removing regulatory and other barriers to housing production
  • Strategy 8A.2: Target financial and other incentives to increase production of housing options not well-supplied in the region
  • Strategy 8A.3: Increase the supply of housing affordable to a range of household sizes and incomes, especially in areas well-served by public transit
  • Strategy 8A.4: Ensure that the region’s existing supply of deed-restricted affordable housing units remains affordable

Focus Area 8B; Address barriers to housing mobility, increase access to areas of high opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing policies region-wide.

  • Strategy 8B.1: Affirmatively further fair housing policies region-wide
  • Strategy 8B.2: Promote regional housing mobility by fostering innovation in the use of Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Strategy 8B.3: Use public investment programs to create, connect and strengthen access to opportunity
  • Strategy 8B.4: Increase the supply of affordable, accessible housing options for people with disabilities and seniors in appropriate locations

Focus Area 9:  Create a system of public education that prepares all students for the 21st century economy.

  • Strategy 9.1: Address school funding disparities
  • Strategy 9.2: Expand school programming for 21st century economy
  • Strategy 9.3: Improve access for pre-K and early childhood education
  • Strategy 9.4: Improve educational outcomes by implementing community schools, wraparound services for students and families, and school-community partnerships
  • Strategy 9.5: Expand boundaries and access to high performing schools

Focus Area 12: Improve health outcomes for our region’s residents

  • Strategy 12.1: Integrate public health considerations in all aspects of planning and policy-making
  • Strategy 12.2: Increase access to affordable, healthy foods and maximize access to locally produced fresh food
  • Strategy 12.3: Increase access to quality healthcare facilities, especially for medically underserved communities
  • Strategy 12.4: Enhance health education programs
  • Strategy 12.5: Create safe and healthy buildings, neighborhoods and communities through planning and design
  • Strategy 12.6: Expand the use of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies to integrate safety considerations into community planning and design
  • Strategy 12.7: Improve conditions for communities that are disproportionately burdened by air pollution

Focus Area 15: Revitalize and strengthen communities by expanding arts and cultural opportunities.

  • Strategy 15.1: Develop financing tools for arts and culture
  • Strategy 15.2: Support cultural programs and activities
  • Strategy 15.3: Integrate arts and culture into local, county, regional and statewide planning efforts
  • Strategy 15.4: Fund arts education for all New Jersey students

The Task Force:  The Livable Task Force meets quarterly to discuss progress on implementing these strategies and make suggestions for training and technical assistance pertaining to the topics under the Livable Theme.  The Task Force is chaired by Suzanne Ishee (Executive Director of The Center for Creative Placemaking) and Kevin Moore (Co-Founder & Managing Partner odCityFood Resources L3C).  Download the Task Forces Overview for more information.

Meeting materials and summaries of Livable Task Force meetings are available below: