All the Cool Kids will be There!

The 2019 New Jersey Planning Conference is the Super Bowl for the land-use community and policy wonks. Clear your schedules for January 24 and 25 because you don’t want to miss this. The preliminary schedule offers over 50 sessions including proposed regulations on cannabis, what to expect with affordable housing, best practice in (re)development, the future of the Gateway project, coastal resiliency, electric vehicles, creatives placemaking and public art, regional and state planning, racy conversations about equity, transportation and mobility, age-friendly communities, and of course – financing infrastructure, “if you build it, will the toilet flush?” Join professionals, advocates and decisions makers from all throughout the state for two-days of education, empowerment and tips and tools (while also making new friends!).

With over 50 sessions, 200 speakers, and 700 attendees, the annual New Jersey Planning Conference is the largest land use conference in the state.  Join us on January 24th and 25th at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

Co-hosted by the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the conference aims to educate 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

Rachel Haot
Transit Innovation Partnership

A tribute to a beloved APA member, the inaugural Stuart Meck Distinguished Speaker Series kicks off with a discussion on Cities in the Digital Age. How can cities use digital connectivity, literacy, data, tools, and partnerships to transform the way they serve their people? Using lessons and stories from New York City, New York State, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Rachel will discuss how city governments can use technology to serve residents efficiently and equitable and leverage relationships with technology companies to support land use planning and operational needs.


Richard Rothstein
Author, “The Color of Law”

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems and yet we’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods. Residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the state and national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.


Cory Booker (Invited)
United States Senator

Cory Booker was elected the first African American from New Jersey to the U.S. Senate in 2013. Previously, he served as Mayor of Newark. Senator Booker has established himself as an innovative and bipartisan problem-solver committed to developing collaborative solutions that address some of our most complex challenges. Whether it’s advocating for more federal resources to modernize New Jersey’s transportation system or ensuring that our communities are safe from the effects of pollution and climate change, Booker has proven his steadfast commitment to standing up for what matters most to New Jerseyans.