Together North Jersey: Success in Regional Planning Paving the Way for Implementation!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
Add to My Log

You'll learn about:

  • To create and implement a successful, cross-sector, multi-disciplinary, strategic regional planning initiative from the ground up.
  • To understand the critical role of underserved or underrepresented partners and stakeholders in ANY planning agenda (esp children, young adults, seniors, the economically vulnerable, immigrants, etc.).
  • To use innovative tools, strategies and resources to successfully engage stakeholders in a complex regional planning initiative with very local outcomes and impacts.

The Together North Jersey Plan for the 13-county Northern New Jersey region has created a strategic vision for creating a more competitive, efficient, livable and resilient region for its residents and businesses.   Over a three-and-a-half year planning period, Together North Jersey worked with local stakeholders, residents and communities to develop this vision, implementing over 40 local planning projects as well to showcase the value of strategic, integrated, and sustainable planning to foster new opportunities and development in the region.  This panel will feature an overview of the TNJ initiative, its vision, and its plan for implementing the many strategies delineated in the plan.  It will showcase 3 key success stories of diverse local initiatives around the region, all of which are well on their way towards implementing real change in their communities.

Speakers will include:


  • Jon Carnegie, Executive Director of the Voorhees Transportation Center and Project Director for Together North Jersey. (Moderator)

  • Brandy Forbes, Community Development Director for the City of Hoboken

  • Tom Schulze, Project Coordinator for the Urban Essex Smart Growth Coalition

  • Joe Buga, Project Manager for the Passaic Enterprise Zone Development Corporation

  • Jaymie Santiago, Vice President of New Brunswick Tomorrow

Members will learn how to facilitate collaboration amongst diverse actors, across a broad range of disciplines. Planners at all levels will learn how "regional" their local land use, mobility, access to jobs, equity, health and environmental stewardship decisions really are and how fostering successful, cross-sector planning initiatives CAN lead to action and implementation.  Planning and Zoning officials will understand the value of engaging a wide range of community partners in the process of visioning, planning and development in their towns, especially children, young adults, the economcally vulnerable and the elderly.


Joseph Buga , Passaic Enterprise Zone Development Corporation , passaic , NJ (see bio)
Thomas Schulze , FAICP (see bio)
Jaymie Santiago , New Brunswick Tomorrow , New Brunswick , NJ (see bio)
Jon Carnegie , AICP , Ocean Grove , NJ (see bio)
Brandy Forbes , AICP , , Jersey City , NJ (see bio)