NJ Planning Conference

Join us on January 23-24 in New Brunswick

The 2020 New Jersey Planning Conference brings together the hottest topics, the latest tools, and the leading voices with something new to say about what matters most to you.
Topics include redevelopment and PILOTs, affordable housing & short term rentals, downtown revitalization & the retail apocalypse, social & racial justice, transportation & mobility, resiliency and sustainability. Do we need more liquor licenses and is cannabis a high priority for your towns? There is truly something for everyone…

Featuring 45 sessions, 200 speakers, and 700 guests, the New Jersey Planning Conference is the largest land use conference in the region.

Co-hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the conference educates and empower planners and other land use professionals, elected and appointed officials, and citizen activists on ways to advance the art and science of good planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better and more equitable choices for how people live, work and play.

Luncheon Keynotes

Dar Williams

Dubbed by the New Yorker as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America’s small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive despite postindustrial identity crises.

Here, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of people, public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

Lawrence Hamm

Lawrence Hamm has been a relentless advocate for African-Americans and the cause of human rights and civil rights for all oppressed people for nearly 50 years beginning at the age of 18 when he was appointed to the Newark Board of Education, making him the youngest voting school board member in the United States.

Hamm is a founder and current Chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress, a statewide, grassroots organization working toward racial, social, economic justice and peace. In anticipation of Black History Month, Hamm will explore an Equity-in-all-Policies approach to strengthening New Jersey’s segregated neighborhoods.

Newark Students

Launched in 2017 with the generous support of the planning community, the Summer City Planning Institute was started to address two key issues: the general lack of ethnic and racial diversity within the city planning profession and to proactively supplement civics education empowering youth to reimagine their neighborhoods.

Student from the Newark program will present their “West Haven Redevelopment Project” which explores the history and existing conditions of the sites,  and its potential transformation featuring a “chill spot”, sustainable farm and flower garden, a fresh food market and cafe, and a recreation center. You don’t want to miss this.