Together North Jersey: Success in Regional Planning Paving the Way for Implementation!
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.
, Passaic Enterprise Zone Development Corporation
Confirmed SpeakerJoseph Buga, Ph.D. Joe serves as Project Manager for the Passaic Enterprise Zone Development Corporation, assisting the City of Passaic in planning and redevelopment projects. The City currently has six active redevelopment projects totaling over $150 million. Joe is also president of HSCD, which helps private and nonprofit developers to plan and finance community development projects. HSCD’s clients have included the National League of Cities, The Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and numerous New Jersey community development corporations. In the 1990s Joe served as Director of Public Sector Programs for DKM Building Enterprises, where he was responsible for establishing public sector and nonprofit partnerships that resulted in over 1,000 housing units constructed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. During the 1980s he served as Associate Director of the Newark Collaboration Group, a public private partnership with over 100 organizational members in Newark, NJ. Joe holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Urban Systems jointly conferred by Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Confirmed SpeakerTom Schulze: Tom has been a City Planner in the NJ/NY area for almost 40 years. Recently retired as Senior Director for Capital Planning at NJ TRANSIT, he now directs the Community Planning Assistance Program for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, and is lead Coordinator for the Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth. He is also the Executive Director of the Center for Community Planning, a newly created non-profit community planning group providing planning services to communities throughout New Jersey. Prior to working for NJ TRANSIT, he was the Executive Director of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) in New York City. He has also worked for local and regional governments, including the City of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and NJ Transit, where he did the planning for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line. He has worked for private consulting firms, and consulted for local community development corporations and non-profit housing development groups in and around Newark, New Jersey. He is an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Rutgers University Graduate Planning Programs. He has a Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University, and a Master’s Degree from Hunter College in New York City.
, New Brunswick Tomorrow
, New Brunswick
Invited SpeakerPresident, New Brunswick Tomorrow
, Ocean Grove
Confirmed SpeakerJon A. Carnegie, AICP/PP, is Executive Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Mr. Carnegie has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of land use and transportation planning and policy at the municipal, county and regional level. Mr. Carnegie’s expertise includes: transportation, land use and environmental planning and policy; community development; public engagement; vulnerability/risk assessment; emergency management and evacuation; community impact analysis; sustainability; environmental justice; and equity issues related to traditionally underserved populations. He holds a B.A. and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University. From 2012-2015, Mr. Carnegie serves as the Project Director for Together North Jersey, a HUD-funded Sustainable Communities Regional Planning initiative led by the Bloustein School at Rutgers University. This three-year project included extensive public outreach and community engagement that resulted in the development of a long-range Regional Plan for Sustainable Development for 13 north Jersey counties. In addition to outreach, the planning process also included the preparation of a fair housing and equity assessment that examined how historic, current and future policies and public infrastructure investment decisions have or may impact low-income, minority and other traditionally underserved populations in the region. The Final Together North Jersey regional plan uses sustainability, transit system connectivity and Transit-Oriented Development as the central framework for integrating plans, regulations, investments, and incentive programs at all levels of government to improve economic and environmental conditions while promoting resource efficiency, community resiliency and access to opportunity for all the region’s residents.
, Jersey City
Confirmed SpeakerBrandy Forbes received her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Iowa in 1994. Throughout her career she has worked in the states of Iowa, Washington, and New Jersey, acquiring a broad background in diverse planning concepts. In Iowa she initially worked for a Council of Governments and subsequently as a City Administrator, providing a wide range of planning services such as master plans, zoning ordinances, grant writing, economic development tools, tax increment financing, and housing programs. While in Iowa, she served on the legislative committee for the Iowa League of Cities, tackling land use issues. In the Seattle, Washington area she worked with newly incorporated communities, helping them establish their master plans and zoning codes, as well as conducting subdivision and site plan reviews. There she also managed a major corridor study, addressing land use, urban design, and transportation issues. In New Jersey, she was Assistant Township Administrator in Maplewood and then Planning Director in Edison, handling affordable housing, redevelopment, smart growth initiatives, form based codes, and corridor studies. She served as Vice President of Membership Services for the New Jersey Chapter of APA. Now as Community Development Director in Hoboken, New Jersey she manages all redevelopment and planning projects for the densely-populated community located across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Since Superstorm Sandy, her work has expanded to include resiliency planning and sustainability efforts.