Making TOD Real: Planning & Building Transit-Oriented Development in NJ

Rutgers University - Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy


Thursday, May 30, 2019
10 a.m. - noon EDT

New Brunswick, NJ, United States

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Overview and Downtown New Jersey invite you to a panel discussion among experts who have been on the front lines in taking TOD from planning to completion. Hear from elected officials, planners, and developers working in New Jersey about their experiences and understand how to: Engage the community, craft realistic goals,put together a good project, be a good partner, plan for success, overcome challenges, and use TOD to redevelop NJ’s downtowns

Transit-Oriented Development concentrates development around transit facilities, most commonly near train stations, but also near bus, light rail, or other public transit station. Development is typically mixed-use and dense, providing residents, workers, and visitors amenities in close proximity. The goal of TOD is to create livable and sustainable places where people can live, work, and play all in the same community, without requiring the use of a car.

TOD can provide many benefits to communities. Because of its emphasis on dense, mixed-use development, residents, workers, and visitors are able to easily walk or bike to home, work, and recreation. Attractive, community-oriented downtowns with cultural and recreational amenities encourage residents and workers to spend money in the community and invites visitors who contribute to the community’s economic vitality.

Published since 2005, the (aka the Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter) is designed to keep municipal officials, planners, and advocates up-to-date on the potential for development and redevelopment around transit stations. This partnership between NJ TRANSIT and the Bloustein School’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University aims to enrich the TOD conversation in New Jersey’s diverse communities by highlighting what is happening in the state and around the country: best practices, model programs, legislation, and local problem-solving experiences.

Downtown NewJersey (DNJ) is a non-profit membership organization of individuals, businesses, developers, government agencies, and local and regional entities that are passionate about downtowns. Downtowns reflect our communities’ unique identities, provide a focal point, a convenient local place of commerce, and offer a sense of place where people can gather and truly be a community. DNJ provides advocacy, education, and technical assistance resources dedicated to ensuring the vitality of our downtowns.


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Michele Alonso, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Michele Alonso, PP/AICP has been an urban planner in New Jersey for 20 years for the state’s most dynamic and redeveloping cities. She has been a planner for Jersey City and Newark and currently is Director of Planning and Redevelopment for Asbury Park. Under her guidance, Asbury Park ... Read More

Ron Beit

Confirmed Speaker

Caroline Ehrlich

Confirmed Speaker

Executive Director, Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency Read More

Deb Tantleff

Confirmed Speaker

Founding Principal, TANTUM, currently working in Red Bank Read More

Steve Santola

Confirmed Speaker

Woodmont Properties, Woodmont Metro, Metuchen

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