NJ tries to set plan for commercial, residential development

The state of New Jersey has embarked on an ambitious new plan to promote economic growth, encourage residential development near mass transit and existing infrastructure and make its notoriously disorganized state agencies get along better with one another, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The plan, which Governor Chris Christie has been working on since 2010, will be subject to public hearings starting next month and should be implemented in early 2013.

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But for now the “sprawling state[‘s]” municipalities are not sure how the new plan will affect them, the Journal said. In the coming months leaders across the state will gather to decide which commercial zones should be prioritized, and which areas require conservation.

Though still in the beginning stages, the plans has many supporters. “A lot of those decisions will take place at the local level,” said Gerard Scharfenberger, director of the Office of Planning Advocacy. “You have to respect that.” [WSJ]