In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY a $5 million grant to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) in the 13-county North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority region of New Jersey.
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 outcome of plan implementation will be a more sustainable future for the region that invests in existing communities where housing, jobs, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities are made more easily accessible to most residents of the region without having to drive to them.
As envisioned, the RPSD will establish a regional framework for sustainable community development. The RPSD will seek to harmonize existing plans around the state and 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.