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What is the LDP Program?
The Local Demonstration Project (LDP) Program is a major component of the Rutgers-Bloustein-led Together North Jersey (TNJ) Plan, a process that is now underway.
The TNJ Plan uses sustainability and transit connectivity as the central framework for integrating plans and investments at all levels of government. The LDP Program provides technical assistance to local partners throughout its Northern New Jersey project area, which includes 13 counties and five major cities. With the help of the LDP program, these local partners will undertake strategic planning activities promoting sustainable and livable, transit-oriented development and, as a result, will advance the broader goals of TNJ.
The LDP Program is administered by NJTRANSIT. The technical assistance will be used for strategic planning studies focused on designated areas or corridors associated with established or anticipated transit services and/or facilities. LDP projects include a variety of local planning activities to make transit corridors and communities more livable
Goals of the LDP Program:
The LDP projects will be results-oriented and will tie together place-based and issue-based strategic planning to improve conditions ‘on the ground.’ The main goals are:
- Achieve measurable goals that make a difference in helping individual communities position themselves for a more economically sustainable future.
- Increase access to opportunity in a way that balances equity with growth potential.
- Develop models for more collaborative and comprehensive approaches to strategic planning at the local level.
- Inform the ongoing development of TNJ.
- Create ‘on the ground’ success stories.
- Cultivate a network of local TNJ champions to foster a supportive implementation framework.
What was the LDP selection process?
The projects were selected over two rounds of a competitive Call for Applications that TNJ issued to municipalities, NGO’s and regional organizations throughout the region in the fall of 2012. Applications to the LDP program were reviewed by a selection committee known as the Technical Evaluation Committee, appointed by the TNJ Executive Committee. The Technical Evaluation Committee reviewed each application to determine if it was consistent with the LDP program goals and offered recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding application funding. The Executive Committee subsequently reviewed the recommendations and applications and granted the final approvals for technical assistance.
What projects have been selected?
Fifteen projects and three pilot projects were selected during the competitive process. Each of the 13 counties is represented in the selected projects.
- Connecting Community Corridors (Monmouth County: Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, Neptune Township). Project start date October 2012.
- Together 202: Reimagining Complete Communities along a Connecting Corridor (Hunterdon County: Flemington, Raritan Township, Readington; Somerset County: Branchburg, Bridgewater Raritan Borough, Somerville). Project start date October 2012.
- Urban Essex Smart Growth Coalition (Essex County: East Orange, Newark, Orange, West Orange). Project start date October 2012.
- McGinley Square – Montgomery Corridor Mobility Project (Hudson County: Jersey City). Project start date April 2013.
- Newark Access to Opportunity (Essex County: Newark). Project start date April 2013.
- Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan (Hudson County: Hoboken). Project start date April 2013
- Springfield Township Morris Avenue Corridor Vision and Mobility Plan (Union Township: Springfield). Project Start date July 2013.
- Morristown Parklet Design Manual and Pilot Project (Morris County: Morristown). Project Start date July 2013.
- Perth Amboy Bay City Transit District Strategy (Middlesex County: Perth Amboy). Project Start date July 2013.
- Paterson Northside Community Action Plan (Passaic County: Paterson). Project Start date October 2013.
- Kingwood Implementation of the Route 12 Center-based Scenic Corridor Economic Strategy (Hunterdon County: Kingwood). Project Start date October 2013.
- Passaic Eastside Redevelopment Transit Oriented Strategy (Passaic County: Passaic City). Project Start date October 2013.
- Irvington Avenue Corridor Study (Essex County: Maplewood, Newark, South Orange). Anticipated project start date January 2014.
- Route 37 Corridor Development Study (Ocean County: Lakewood, Toms River). Anticipated project start date January 2014.
- Middlesex Greenway Access Plan (Middlesex County: Edison, Metuchen, Woodbridge). Anticipated project start date January 2014.
- Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan (Essex County: Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair). Anticipated project start date April 2014.
- Regional Access to Employment Study (North Jersey Partners: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren Counties). Anticipated project start date April 2014.
- Woodbridge Rahway Regional Access to the Arts Study (Middlesex County: Woodbridge, Union County: Rahway). Anticipated project start date April 2014.