The Vision:  A resilient North Jersey is ready for adverse events— extreme weather, climate change, economic downturns or other major setbacks—and can quickly bounce back from them. It protects wetlands and other crucial ecosystems, and has strong, well-maintained infrastructure (transportation, utilities, water, sewer, etc.). A resilient North Jersey takes steps to be prepared and reduce negative impacts on our communities.

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

Focus Area 10:  Enhance the resiliency of the region’s communities and infrastructure

  • Strategy 10.1: Identify the region’s vulnerabilities to extreme weather and climate change
  • Strategy 10.2: Adapt communities and infrastructure to be resilient to extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change
  • Strategy 10.3: Encourage floodplain buyout programs and return flood-prone areas to their natural function
  • Strategy 10.4: Use green infrastructure solutions to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather and climate change

Focus Area 13: Improve the stewardship of natural lands, agricultural lands, open space, parks and historic resources

  • Strategy 13.1 Work with land owners to improve stewardship of privately owned natural lands and green space.
  • Strategy 13.2: Expand programs to preserve parks, open space, natural lands, and agricultural lands permanently
  • Strategy 13.3: Improve stewardship of public parks, open space, and natural lands
  • Strategy 13.4: Implement best practices for stewardship of private and preserved agricultural lands
  • Strategy 13.5 Expand programs to preserve historic resources
  • Strategy 13.6 Improve stewardship of publicly-owned historic sites

Focus Area 14: Manage water systems to improve water quality and supply

  • Strategy 14.1: Improve management of stormwater runoff
  • Strategy 14.2: Protect water supplies through planning and enforcement
  • Strategy 14.3: Reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs)

The Task Force:  The Resilient 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 Resilient Theme.  The Task Force is chaired by Tim Van Epp of Greener by Design and Rob Freudenberg from Regional Plan Association.   Download the Task Forces Overview for more information.

Summaries of Resilient Task Force meetings and other meeting materials are available below: