The Comprehensive Plan is a major initiative of the Division of Comprehensive Planning and the Environment. Working with the entire staff, information is analyzed and processed for all regional elements. Many of the chapters are formulated in this division, and as a result the comprehensive plan represents the mainstay of our work program. The Division is currently updating elements of the Comprehensive Plan. Elements include Land Use, Farmland Preservation, Open Space and Recreation, Water Resources, and the Wastewater Management Plan, which serves as a growth management tool. The Transportation Plan written by the Office of Planning - Transportation Division has been adopted and is available for downloading here
Elements of the plan will be adopted on a staggered basis. The Plan assesses the built environment against the environmental needs to ensure that our water quality continues to improve in our rivers and streams and that our stormwater is managed using low impact techniques, to the greatest extent practical. In the end, the County’s updated Comprehensive Plan will reflect the goals and policies that ensure positive economic development that respects existing land use patterns, minimizes sprawl and protects our environment.
Public outreach and participation is very important to this plan. If you are interested in participating in comprehensive planning activities, please contact Mirah Becker
, Supervisor, Division of Comprehensive Planning and the Environment by telephone at 732-745-3016 so you can be added to our mailing list.
NJTPA Together North Jersey Local Demonstration Projects
With funding from the federal HUD/EPA/DOT Sustainable Communities Program, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority oversees the Together North Jersey
(TNJ) projects involving Middlesex County communities. These projects are intended to provide professional expertise for land use measures that encourage thriving communities. Each project's focus is responsive to sustainability principles that integrate diverse transportation facilities for local use and to enhance local economies.
To date, Middlesex County Office of Planning staff have contributed to three TNJ studies:
• Perth Amboy Transit District
: This final report presents a strategic land use for the area included within the half-mile radius of the Perth Amboy train station. The station area plan will be used to support the city in their goal to create a transit overlay district or transit zone and achieve Transit Village designation. The objectives of this plan are to increase ridership at the train station, to create economic opportunities and to serve as a source of revitalization for the city's core and improve access and safety for all modes of transportation. Click here for more information
• Middlesex Greenway Access Plan
: This project analyzed the current state of the Middlesex Greenway -- a converted “rails to trails” pedestrian pathway currently linking the municipalities of Metuchen, Edison and Woodbridge. A major goal of this project is to improve public health by increasing the public’s usage and access to the Middlesex Greenway by enhancing opportunities for recreation, activity centers and public transit connectivity. Other major goals of the study include leveraging the Middlesex Greenway to provide opportunities for education and economic development in the surrounding communities, as well as to increase the overall awareness of the Middlesex Greenway and its benefits among residents. Click here for more information
• Woodbridge Rahway Arts Region Study
: This study seeks to identify opportunities for implementing arts and culture in downtown Woodbridge and the Avenel Station area neighborhood. The neighboring City of Rahway in Union County is also part of the study, as Rahway has had success in implementing opportunities for arts and culture around their new performing arts center while utilizing the principles of transit-oriented development (TOD). As such, the Woodbridge Rahway Arts Region Study focused on linking the area surrounding the three train stations of Woodbridge, Avenel and Rahway as an arts and culture corridor, and identified the role transit can play in advancing the greater arts district. Another key focus of the study identified opportunities for arts-based revitalization and redevelopment in Woodbridge and Avenel, and planning for a new proposed arts center in the neighborhood near the Avenel Station. Click here for more information
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