Preliminary Program (Last Updated 12/29/17)

Thursday, January 25



Mount Laurel II at 35: Are We There Yet? If Not, Why Not and What’s Likely in the Future?

Decided in January 1983, the New Jersey Supreme Court’s unanimous Mount Laurel II decision revolutionized the land use and housing planning roles and responsibilities of planners and municipalities, and ultimately changed many communities, bringing more diversity and inclusion. Yet segregation and dramatic differences in opportunity persist throughout New Jersey. The Supreme Court’s unanimous Mount Laurel IV (2015) and Mount Laurel V (2017) decisions reaffirmed the Mount Laurel Doctrine and launched another intensive round of fair share housing planning and litigation throughout the state. Learn from four long-time veterans of New Jersey’s unique exclusionary zoning and affordable housing saga — two planners and three lawyers — who will reflect on how New Jersey has been changed due to the Mount Laurel Doctrine, offer their perspectives on current challenges, and speculate on what should happen, as well as what’s likely to occur, in the coming years in this often controversial arena.

  • David Kinsey, PHD, FAICP, PP, Partner Visiting Lecturer, Kinsey & Hand/Princeton University
  • Carl S. Bisgaier, Esq, Partner, Bisgaier Hoff, LLC
  • Philip C. Caton, FAICP, PP, Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz
  • Timothy M. Prime, Esq., Prime Law
  • Kevin Walsh, Esq., Executive Director, Fair Share Housing Center


Electric Vehicles: Charging the Discussion

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are appearing on New Jersey’s roads in ever greater numbers. With it comes greater demand for charging infrastructure. What does the future hold for EVs in New Jersey and how can municipalities facilitate and respond to this transformation in vehicle technology. Come learn what governmental, non-profit, and industry leaders are doing to advance Electric Vehicles in New Jersey – and what actions municipalities can take to get ready for the vehicles of the future.

  • Chuck Feinberg , Chairman & DOE Coordinator, NJ Clean Cities Coalition
  • Mark Warner, Vice President, Gabel Associates
  • Jeffrey Perlman, Manager, Environmental Planning and Mobility Programs, NJTPA
  • Nancy Quirk, Energy Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey
  • Peg Hannah, Asst. Director, Air Monitoring and Mobile Sources, NJDEP


Using the Science and Engaging the Community – Catalyzing Change for Watershed Health

Strategic decision making is based on good planning, but what is good planning when the geography spans four states and over 50 organizations – both government and nonprofit? After four years of implementing the first phase of planning to protect and improve the Delaware River, the William Penn Foundation, through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), has invested in modeling and planning to catalyze change. Using watershed science, the Open Space Institute developed an online mapping tool to identify lands that support high water quality. Digging into the science, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University developed a model to predict pollutant loading and discharge. Performance and outcome metrics were elicited for measuring change. The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, with its partners, developed a plan for engaging the local community, based upon the science, to permanently protect, restore, and support institutional change to improve the health and sustainability of the drinking water. This workshop will share the tools, methods, and strategies that are bringing together collaborative partnerships, boots on the ground, and meaningful results for our state’s water supplies. See how Sussex and Warren Counties are using these resources to make on-the-ground decisions regarding planning, stewardship, and protection.

  • Barbara Heskins Davis, PP, AICP, Vice President Programs, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
  • Carol Collier, PP, AICP, Senior Advisor, Watershed Management and Policy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Abigail Weinberg, Director of Conservation Research, Open Space Institute


Wireless Facilities in the Rights-Of-Way

The demand for wireless services continues its explosive growth.  The industry’s new technology uses smaller antennas and more compact equipment.  Many of the new proposed deployments will use existing utility poles in existing Rights-Of-Way.  This session is designed for land use/local government attorneys and for planners.  It will provide an update on the wireless technology from 1G to 4G and a peek at 5G technology now being tested along with a summary of the evolving regulatory issues involving wireless facility siting.  The session will also provide an update on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Broadband Deployment Advisory Council’s activities regarding removing barriers to wireless deployment and “small legislation” activity in other states.

  • Robert Ivanoff, President, New Jersey Wireless Association
  • Greg Meese, Esq. Principal, Price Meese Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C.
  • Dominic Villecco, President, V-Comm Engineering
  • Anthony Suppa, P.E. M.E. Public Service Electric & Gas


How It Works: An Exploration of New Jersey Government & Land Use Bodies

This session will review the various forms of government, how they are financed, what “home rule” means, political dynamics, and risks facing government officials. overview of planning and the different structures of planning from town to town (i.e., single land use boards vs Planning and Zoning boards), relationships between boards and staff vs. consultant and citizen groups; challenge of managing developer trust funds.  We can regroup prior to the event for planning.  Come and ask your questions about NJ local government and get answers from our panel of experts.

  • Marc Pfeiffer, Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center
  • Charles W. Latini, Jr., AICP, PP, President, APA-NJ; Owner, L&G Planning


Drawing on the Past: Visual Communication Techniques

Since the mid-1990s, many planning and design firms have focused on establishing digital drawing techniques to improve speed and reduce staff. An unintended outcome of this was the almost complete elimination from the urban planning process of the notion of sketching and drawing to discover, understand, negotiate, and test designs. Is the emphasis on visual communication and visualization distracting planners, designers and researchers from the value of drawing? Are there too many computer programs and drawing techniques? Hear from our panelist how new planning paradigms, technological advancements in digital rendering tools, and a visually-oriented society has allowed the drawing and physical 3D model to resurface in many areas of the planning profession as a new dynamic form. From decision making to discovering what is on people’s mind, drawings have a distinct role in design, planning and research. See how hand drawings are used as stand-alone or in combination with digital effects to gather, measure, test, and communicate information. Our panelist will discuss their most effective drawing methods, techniques, and application. Discover how drawings and drawing techniques have influenced the technology behind today’s visualization, changing the way we think visual communication ought to guide our projects.

  • Juan A Ayala. Assistant Professor of Practice, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Christopher Stienon, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Principal of Urban Planning & Design, AECOM
  • Sunyoung Kim, Director HCI for Health & Sustainability, School of Arts & Science, Rutgers University
  • Takeshi Kamiya, RA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, HKS Architects
  • Anton Nelessen, MAUD, PP, CNU, Principal, A. Nelessen Associates


Moving Toward Resiliency

Climate change presents considerable and growing challenges to New Jersey, particularly along coastal areas where risks of subsidence and sea-level rise impacts will become acute. Yet despite warnings from repetitive, damaging storms and hurricanes, and regular and recurring tidal flood inundation, New Jersey is behind many states across the nation in the effort to confront climate change impacts. This session will offer a wide-ranging panel discussion focused on what the State of New Jersey and local municipalities need to do to become resilient, why it’s necessary, what issues need to be considered, and what partnerships will help it be done correctly to affirmatively and effectively address risks. The panel will cover topics including: the changing nature of the flood insurance program; the finance industry’s growing recognition of the need to account for climate change risks and how that is likely to affect municipal credit rating; the need to improve hazard mitigation planning and integrate it with the master planning process; changes that need to be made to the municipal land use law to address resiliency; and the need for a regional resiliency perspective.

  • David Kutner, PP/AICP, Planning Manager, New Jersey Future
  • John Miller, PE, CFM, CSM, Office of Senator Robert Menendez
  • Christopher Testa, Supervising Administrative Analyst, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management


Planning Practice and Pedagogy:  Developing Creative Practice-Oriented Planning Curriculum

The next generation of planners will have to creatively plan for an efficient use of resources in, and for, their communities.  Fostering this group’s creativity within academic training is pivotal to their future professional success.  This session highlights successful creative planning curricular strategies, aiming to incite dialogue among planning educators and practitioners alike.  Envisioned as a hybrid between a panel presentation and a workshop, the presenters will begin by summarizing different creative approaches employed within their planning classes, followed by a facilitated workshop where participants can identify marketable creative skills and experiences for recent planning graduates.

Ranging from the student reclamation of a university public space into a pop-up movie to conducting a needs assessment for a food-based resource center, the presenters will share a range of employed interactive planning class projects.  By encouraging an intentional conversation between academic and professional planners, this session intends to inform the development of future experiential learning activities used in planning courses through aggregating the skillsets and experiences most desired of recent graduates from practicing planners.

  • Megan Bucknum, ¾ Faculty and Independent Planning Consultant, Rowan University
  • Mahbubur Meenar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rowan University
  • Jennifer Kitson, PHD, Assistant Professor, Rowan University




Evolving Markets and Lagging Policies in Land Use and Redevelopment

Technology is creating disruptions throughout land use planning, however the expectations of the public and of policy makers have not kept pace. Retail is being decimated by online retail, perhaps best exemplified by Amazon. Parking demand is similarly experiencing decline with the rise of ride sharing companies such as Lyft. While these market realities are undergoing significant transformation, the expectations of the public and elected officials to provide parking and retail as part redevelopment efforts has not kept pace. This seminar will examine issues faced by developers and redevelopers as they strive to find a middle ground between an evolving market demand and anachronistic public expectations.

  • Robert S. Goldsmith, Esq., Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
  • Steven G. Mlenak, Esq., Associate, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
  • Debra Tantleff, Founding Principal, Tantum Real Estate
  • Phil Abramson, PP/AICP, Co-founder and Principal, Topology
  • Tyler Bennett, President, Bennett Realty Group, LLC


Smart Cities: Technology Driving our Future

This panel will explore the concept of “Smart Cities” focusing on its implementation in the field of urban mobility through the use of data, applications, and technology  to provide transportation based solutions. The transportation field has been an early adopter of the “Smart Cities” concept, resulting in improved services to citizens. Experts of varying disciplines will discuss how our travel network will adapt to a world that includes self-driving vehicles, expanded ride hailing services, smart parking, adaptive traffic signals, and advanced traveler information. The NJTPA’s Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey will include recommendations on how our region can incorporate these technologies to make our region more competitive, efficient, livable and resilient.

  • Solomon Caviness, Special Projects Manager, Operations and Planning, NJTPA
  • Kellen Pucher, Director, Strategic Initiatives – Connected Vehicles (V2X), Panasonic
  • Jason Post, Director of Public Policy, Uber
  • Krishna Murthy, Executive Director, EZ Ride TMA
  • Thomas Moytka, PhD, Senior Executive Director, NJIT – NJ Innovation Institute


In the Center of it All: Outside the Box Strategies for NJ Downtowns

Downtown’s across NJ are working to attract consumers to their retail corridors, activate empty storefronts, fill sidewalks, and support small business growth. These four people have succeeded in developing unique strategies to encourage all these behaviors and they will share their experiences with developing, running, and scaling events, marketing strategies, and artistic endeavors to support NJ Downtown’s. From inventing Hudson County Restaurant Week, to starting the New York Time’s renowned Newark Tour company, to opening Newark’s first Community Storefronts, the individual’s in this group have been on the ground, using creative strategies to draw people to NJ’s downtowns. Take new ideas from this session to use in your own Downtown and avoid the common stumbling blocks by learning from these experts and innovators.

  • Kimberlee Williams, Director of Communications and Marketing, Rutgers University – Newark
  • Emily Manz, President, EMI Strategy
  • Tamara Campbell, CEO, Xplore Communications
  • Jo-El Lopez, Curator, Activate Market Street
  • Aisha Glover, Executive Director, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation


Siting of Recovery Treatment Facilities: Responses to Legal Challenges and Community Opposition

Almost all neighborhoods and families in the United States today have witnessed or suffered the tragic effects of addiction. While many people recognize the pervasiveness of addiction, such widespread concern has not always resulted in communities welcoming recovery treatment programs into their neighborhoods. Community opposition—commonly known as the NIMBY syndrome—often prevents or delays the siting of recovery treatment facilities.

The overarching public policy issue continues to be that of balancing the rights of individuals with special needs to live and participate in the community with the rights of the individuals to protect the welfare of their families/neighborhoods. This issue often plays out as a conflict between state (and federal) requirements to protect individuals from discrimination and local governments’ right/responsibility to exercise control over its communities.

Expanding the capacity of treatment programs is not merely a question of finding more dollars to dedicate to treatment services. There are also “siting” questions that need to be resolved. How many new facilities will have to be built to accommodate to address this growing demand? Where will these new treatment facilities be located? What opposition can we anticipate? What changes need to occur amongst the regulatory framework (local, state, federal)?

  • Lorissa Luciani, PP, AICP, Director of Planning, Cherry Hill Township
  • Pending Speakers


Demographic Multipliers: Progress, Research and Applications

Demographic multipliers are critical to development impact studies, and the forecast of school enrollment and populations. Developed at the Rutgers University, multipliers have informed planning practice and residential decisions for four decades. Now the American Community Survey program annually releases the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) records, making the preparation of demographic multipliers easier. Dr. Listokin who along with Rutgers Professor Robert Burchell pioneered multipliers methodology will moderate this session and provide an overview of the evolution of multipliers. He will discuss findings of a research he and Dr. Voicu at CUNY are conducting regarding multipliers. Dr. Wong will talk about methodological issues multipliers based on his article in the current issue of Cityscape, the new mover sample, and the recent release of multipliers for fifty states. Dr. Voith will examine broad demographic changes and PUMS analytics while Dr. Miles discusses the application of multipliers and PUMS analytics in development impact forecasting. Dr. Grip will discuss how multipliers can augment standard forecast models in school enrollment and the longer-term enrollment effect of new development. This session provides the participants with the state-of-the-art research in demographic multipliers and discusses how professionals can effectively use multipliers to forecast development impacts.

  • David Listokin, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Urban Policy Research of Rutgers University
  • Sidney Wong, Ph.D., Project Lead, Community Data Analytic, Econsult Solutions, Inc.
  • Richard Voith, Ph.D., President and Principal, Econsult Solutions, Inc.
  • Daniel Miles, Ph.D., MAPA, Vice President and Associate Principal, Econsult Solutions, Inc.
  • Richard S. Grip, Ed.D., Executive Director, Statistical Forecasting LLC


Zoning for Energy Resilient and Sustainable Communities

As communities move toward a clean energy future, unintended barriers in zoning ordinances can impact how seamlessly the local government, residents, and businesses can transition to renewable energy, alternative fuel vehicles, or adoption of microgrids. This panel will provide background and training for planners in addressing zoning ordinances and related issues for solar systems (photovoltaic or solar thermal) and electric vehicle (EV) as well as other alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure. The panel will provide insight on planning and development of microgrids using the Town Center Microgrid model used by the NJ Board of Public Utilities along with case study material from the Hoboken microgrid created to address community resiliency after Sandy.

  • Nancy Quirk, LEED AP, CFM, Energy Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey
  • Adam Beam, Research Analyst, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Paul Drake, PP, AICP-CEP, PMP, Regional Public Affairs Manager, PSE&G
  • Caleb Stratton, AICP, CFM, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Hoboken
  • Janice Talley, PP, AICP, Director of Planning and Community Development, Township of Montclair


Practical Resiliency Planning at the Municipal Level

Learn how community vulnerability assessments, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and various planning tools can help your community to adapt to natural disasters and sea level rise now and in the future. Explore Community Vulnerability Assessments prepared for Perth Amboy and Toms River Township. Learn about local, county multi-jurisdictional and the State Hazard Mitigation Plans and how they interact together. Learn how Toms River Township is adapting to natural disasters and sea level rise by implementing resiliency to Redevelopment Plans, zoning and other measures. Toms River Township has also developed a sustainable and resilient guidance report for municipalities identifying all current planning tools, when and how to best utilize them, state policy recommendations to improve the existing tools, and identification of questions and concerns that must be addressed at the state and regional level.

  • Kelly Pflicke, Senior Planner, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, New Jersey DEP
  • Stacy Krause, P.P., AICP, CFM, Senior Research Associate, Environmental Analysis & Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Craig A. Wenger, P.E., AICP, CFM, LEED GA, Senior Associate, Technical Manager Water Resources, Michael Baker International
  • Erika F. Stahl, P.P., AICP, Assistant Township Planner, Township of Toms River


Emerging Planners and Placemaking

This past semester, graduate students at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy worked with local stakeholders in the Lower Vailsburg neighborhood of Newark to gain an understanding of an underutilized “alleyway” and the public safety challenges associated with it. As part of their studio experience, students utilized a pioneering “placemaking” approach to tease out ways to maximize the value of this destination and enhance it as a public space. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the students about the approaches they used for community engagement utilizing the placemaking tools. Students will present their findings on how they used the Power of 10 Tool to address what additional uses and activities could be clustered and added in the alley, what social or group activities could be supported there, what physical enhancements would make the alley more comfortable and inviting, and ways to improve connections to other places nearby. An interactive placemaking group exercise will be included.

  • Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Researcher/Adjunct Professor, Voorhees Transportation Center
  • David Aimen, AICP, PP, Asst. Director, Planning and Technical Assistance, Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Laura Torchio, AICP, Deputy Director, Transportation, Project for Public Spaces
  • Christopher Lee, M.A Candidate of City & Regional Planning and Graduate Research Assistant, New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, Rutgers University
  • Michelle Bisceglia, M.A Candidate of City & Regional Planning, Rutgers University




Newark’s Renaissance –Hahne & Company Catalyzes Downtown

This panel discussion will provide an in-depth insider’s look of the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of the historic and award-winning Hahne & Company department store in downtown Newark. This session will focus on the importance of this iconic landmark project which repurposed a long-vacant property and serves to invigorate the surrounding community with more than 75,000 sf of retail, 160 residential units, and 100,000 sf of commercial, community and office uses. This public-private partnership development provides truly mixed-income housing, new street-level retail space, Newark’s first Whole Foods grocer, an arts and cultural center for Rutgers University, and hundreds of new permanent jobs and construction jobs.

The significance of the successful redevelopment of the Hahne & Co. Building cannot be overstated. The $190 million project plays a central role in the economic revitalization of downtown Newark. Attendees will hear first-hand from development professionals, the investment community and the public sector on how this deal worked, and how it is continuing to spur redevelopment and investment in the downtown across multiple spheres, including mixed-income housing, retail space, and numerous redevelopment initiatives.

  • Carmelo Garcia, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development, Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation
  • Jonathan Cortell, Vice President, Development, L + M Development Partners
  • Anne Schaper Englot, M.Arch., Ph.D., Co-Director, Express Newark, Advisor to the Chancellor for Arts and Engagement/Professor of Practice in Architecture and Humanities in the Arts, Culture & Media Department, Rutgers University – Newark
  • John M. Murray, Chief Financial Officer, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
  • Reuben Teague, Director, Impact Investments, Corporate Social Responsibility, Prudential Financial, Inc.


Our Gateway to the Future

This session will provide an overview and update of the Gateway Program, a comprehensive rail investment program that will improve current services, add resiliency and create new capacity for the 10-mile section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Newark and Penn Station in New York City. Panelists will provide information on the overall program, schedule, and funding; the anticipated level of public transit services and operations in New Jersey when the program is fully implemented; the projected impacts upon the statewide and regional transportation networks; and the anticipated impacts upon regional and local land use and development.

  • James Hess, Jr. PP, AICP, Project Manager, AECOM
  • John Porcari, Executive Director, Gateway Development Corporation
  • Pending Speakers


Can Form-Based Codes Help Infill Housing “Fit” in Older Neighborhoods

Many desirable older communities are challenged by how the size, scale and form of new infill housing relates to the established character of existing neighborhoods. High housing costs, a limited supply of buildable lots and market demand for larger homes with modern floor plans on tree-lined streets near walkable downtowns has led to a growing trend of teardowns and rebuilds in otherwise stable neighborhoods. While single-family homes are exempt from site plan review, some municipalities are adopting innovative Form-Based Codes with more refined bulk standards designed to guide a more compatible fit when infill homes are constructed in long established streetscapes. This session includes a planner, architect, attorney, home builder and mayor who will explore and debate solutions to a challenging issue confronting communities in New Jersey and other regions.

  • Jim Constantine, PP, Looney Ricks Kiss,
  • James Wentling, FAIA, Principal, James Wentling/Architect
  • Liz Lempert, Mayor, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Patrick Ward, Home Builder, P.J. Ward & Sons
  • Roger Thomas, Esq., Member, Dolan and Dolan, P.A.


How to be a Better Planner: Improv is the Answer

We’ve all encountered things in our careers that have gone in different directions than we had hoped or at least anticipated. From entry level, to mid-career, to seasoned professional, we planners are often at the mercy of the many curveballs life throws at us. And when we think of the communication breakdown between iGens, Millennials, GenXers, and Boomers, it’s a wonder we can get any planning done at all. But that’s the art of life – the improvisation. That’s where we get to be creative, work with what we’ve got, and sometimes, we end up being pleasantly surprised by what our efforts amount to. This fun and funny session will use the rules of improv (yes, the comedy form) to tease out how we all can work better together – across generations, departments, agencies, and more. Participants will hear stories from planners at different stages of their careers – rife with missteps, let downs, crossroads, etc. We’ll explore what young planners can learn from their elders as well as what can our seasoned leaders can learn from fresh grads. Participants will learn to say “yes,” and get a chance to play two improv games to kick-off and end the session.

  • Laura Torchio, AICP, Deputy Director, Transportation, Project for Public Spaces
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP, Research Specialist & Adjunct Professor, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
  • Cailean Kok, Urban Planner and Grant Manager,BRS, Inc.
  • Herb August, Manager of Grants Administration, NJ Highlands Council
  • Marc Weiner, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Research Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy


Greetings from Asbury Park

For the first time in decades, an unprecedented level of federal, state and private investments are materializing in the West Side Neighborhood of Asbury Park. The “One City. Asbury Park.” Choice Neighborhoods Plan comes at an opportune time. The plan seeks to transform the West Side neighborhood comprehensively, addressing the needs of residents beyond just new housing. Combatting meeting fatigue the community was engaged through events, early action results, public art installation, and a project website that doubles as a tool towards neighborhood transformation. This community driven plan aims to revitalize the West Side without displacement and gentrification, and looks forward to a future filled with mixed-income housing, safe streets, economic opportunities, thriving students, and healthy families. Greetings from Asbury Park! Meet the West Side.

  • Woo Kim, PP, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Associate, WRT
  • Michele Alonso, PP, AICP, Director of Planning and Redevelopment, City of Asbury Park
  • Paul L. McEvily, Co-Executive Director, Interfaith Neighbors, Inc
  • Gregory Hopson, Chairperson, Asbury Park Housing Authority Board of Commissioners


Regional Resilience – A Path to a Sustainable Growth

Approaches to regional resilience will be discussed from perspectives of local, state and federal government, private sector, as well as from the perspective of infrastructure owners and operators, investors and lenders and from environmental, economic and social perspectives. The session will explore how to plan for uncertainty, communicate risk and engage communities and the importance of diverse design and analytical approaches. Capital investment and its relation to operations and maintenance of regional and local infrastructure will be discussed in addressing near and long term risks. The session will explore opportunities for creating sustainable growth leveraging both market and public funding and financing and metrics for resilient and sustainable investment returns.

  • Niek Veraart, AICP, ASLA, ASCE Affil, ENV SP, Vice President, Louis Berger
  • Nicholas Angarone, AICP, PP, Lead Project Manager, New Jersey Coastal Management Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jon Carnegie, Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • Alexis Taylor, Outreach Team Leader, Rebuild by Design Hudson River & New Meadowlands Projects, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Kelly Pflicke, Senior Planner, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Laline Carvalho, Director, Financial Services Ratings North American Insurance, S&P Ratings Services
  • Carter Ingram, PhD, Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
  • Bryce Wisemiller, Senior Project Manager, Programs & Projects Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Emerging Planners Visualize the Future of Cities

With the growth of the new undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and Design offered by the Bloustein School, new courses like Designing Healthy Cities ask young planners to provide their vision of healthy vibrant cities. A number of outstanding presentations, both in video and animated PowerPoints that are 12 to 15 minutes in length, have been generated from the course. These presentation provide an extraordinary view of what these young potential planners and public health professional think are needed now and in the future to create healthy cities. These short presentations should generate interesting discussion and provide current professional planners with some understanding of what to expect in the future.

  • Anton Nelessen, Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • The Concrete Jungle and Mental Health by Jennifer Amorese, Yan Zhao and Tiffany Hernandez,
  • Urban Agriculture –Food Gardens by Kevin Montain, Sahil Mehta, Tatenda Samakande and Curtis McDaniel
  • Mixed-use – A Public Health Perspective – Atlantic City by Zoey Ramirez, Laiba Zeb, and Joseph Katsikiotis
  • Green elevation- A higher level of Produce by Ben Nechmad, Mark Serrano and Iliana Svechin
  • Weequahic Community Intervention Plan, Newark NJ. By  Alison Taio, Azim Patel, Kristen Palma and Nine Zou.

Friday, January 26



Formers Versus Zoners: How & Why Communities Shift to Form-Based Zoning

Form-based zoning (FBZ) has made inroads in some communities around the country, but not so much in New Jersey. Is this a good or a bad thing? Are there structural or legal barriers to greater penetration, or just lack of interest? Should planners be advocating for legislation to explicitly authorize FBZ?

FBZ advocates have portrayed it as the next frontier in development regulations, a quantum leap forward from the prosaic Euclidean cookie-cutter that provided the template for 20th century sprawl.

But much of the country – and virtually all of NJ — is still governed by conventional zoning, and there is little empirical evidence to support the claims by FBZ advocates that they constitute a panacea to cure whatever ails our communities.

This session reports on a recent national survey of communities that have adopted FBZ. Key research questions include: Who and what motivates change? Has it made a quantitative or qualitative difference? What has been the overall impact of FBZ?  One New Jersey community that has adopted FBZ for the entire town is the City of Newton. The code is being implemented. Projects have been built. This session will report on Newton’s experience with implementation of its FBZ.

  • Carlos Rodrigues, FAICP / PP, Design Solutions, LLC
  • Barbara Faga, PhD, FASLA, Bloustein School, Rutgers
  • Jessica Caldwell, PP / AICP / LEED-GA, J Caldwell Associates, LLC


Mt. Laurel: Where are we now?

Three years ago the Supreme Court declared COAH moribund and sent municipalities, developers, and advocacy groups back to the courts. Where are we now: How should one calculate municipal housing obligation? What is the judicial process? How is it working? What constitutes municipal compliance? What doesn’t? What is in the gray area? Where do we go from here?

  • Stephen Eisdorfer, Esq., Partner, Hill Wallack LLP
  • Edward Buzak, Esq., Partner, Eward J.Buzak and Associates
  • Adam Gordon, Esq., Associate Director, Fair Share Housing, Inc.
  • Arthur Bernard, P.P., Principal, Arthur Bernard and Associates
  • Susan Gruel, P.P., AICP, Principal, Heyer and Gruel


NJDOT Complete Suite: Resources and Tools for Complete Streets

The New Jersey Department of Transportation released new resources and updated plans to assist in advancing initiatives such as Complete Streets, Walkable Communities, Safe Routes to School and multimodal transportation master planning and design. This interactive session will provide a quick and informative overview of each of the resources, followed by an open forum discussion with principal contributors to each plan and design guide.

We invite municipal leaders to bring your questions and share your ideas about how each of these resources can be effective locally. Join us and meet the experts. Copies of executive summaries and informational flyers will be available. Panelists will include representatives from a local municipal council, a county planning department, and an advocacy group. The NJDOT Complete Suite includes: NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, NJ Complete Streets Design Guidelines, NJ Bicycle Safety Action Plan & Toolbox, NJ Pedestrian Safety Action Plan & Toolbox, and the NJ School Zone Design Guide. NJ-specific transportation characteristics, user data, safety statistics, design guidelines, cost estimating tools, case studies, and funding sources will be highlighted.

  • Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator, NJ DOT
  • Stefan Armington, AICP, Council President, Town of Morristown New Jersey
  • Michael Lysicatos, AICP/PP, Asst. Director, Passaic County Dept. of Planning and Economic Development
  • Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition
  • Susan G. Blickstein, AICP/PP, PhD, Principal/Research Scholar, SGB Planning LLC/Vassar College
  • Bettina Zimny, AICP/PP, Director of Planning, NV5, Inc.
  • Peter F. Kremer, Sr. Supervising Planner, WSP
  • Liz Ward, AICP/PP, Principal Planner, NV5, Inc.


Ecological Solutions to Coastal Hazards –An All-Inclusive Approach

What happens when engineers, planners, ecologists and educators all collaborate in one project? Great things! Learn how this impressive group of over 20 partner organizations worked with local governments, fellow professionals, schools and citizens to promote ecological solutions to coastal hazards. Session speakers will present the achievements and lessons learned during this multi-disciplinary project, including the creation of a guide for understanding and protecting NJ’s coastal ecosystems; facilitated municipal hazard vulnerability assessments; local government pilot projects for habitat restoration; shoreline stabilization and flood mitigations; monitoring of wetland health and restoration techniques; a new citizen scientists monitoring program; and a new high school curriculum module for student ecological projects and monitoring.  This project received the 2017 APA-NJ Excellence in Planning Award for Community Outreach and Education for an initiative that has resulted in significant advancement of community comprehension of planning issues.

  • Elizabeth Semple, Administrator, Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • Linda Weber, AICP, PP, Director of Policy & Program Initiatives, Sustainable Jersey
  • Robin L. Murray FAIA, PP, Project Manager, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • Angela Padeletti, Science Programs Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
  • Tanya Oznowich, Environmental Education Supervisor, Office of Communications, NJ Department of Environmental Protection


Not Your Grandmother’s Retail: What you need to know about today’s retail trends.

The retail landscape has changed more dramatically in the last few years than it has in decades. With the advent of tablets, smartphones, and of course Amazon Prime, much of what used to work in retail no longer works, and new concepts like experiential retail, entertainment based retail and co-ops are what’s driving the market today. Hear about the latest trends from some of the top professionals in retail recruitment and commercial revitalization, and learn how the changing retail environment will affect new developments and how municipalities throughout the state need to plan for these new uses.

  • Bob Zuckerman, Executive Director, South Orange Village Center Alliance
  • Joe Getz, Founding Principal, The JGSC Group
  • Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates
  • Michael Berne, President, MJB Consulting
  • Krzysztof Sadlej, Director, Project Management, Topology


Planning for Healthy Communities – Resources and Tools

Planners and policymakers play a key role in determining policies that impact physical health of a community. Decisions around land use, urban design, and transportation affect local air quality; water quality and supply; transportation safety; and access to physical activity, healthy food, and affordable housing. Because of this, the American Planning Association (APA) made the promotion of healthy communities a legislative priority, joined the Joint Call for Action to Promote Healthy Communities, and has guided the development of the Healthy Communities Collaborative, an Interest Group of APA. Among many other achievements, APA has adopted the Healthy Communities Policy Guide.
Locally, Rutgers has made a commitment with the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) to promote the integration of public health impacts into planning and decision-making about projects and policies. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension established a team specifically focused on food, nutrition & health in our communities. Nationally, The Project for Public Space and the Trust for Public Land have each hired an expert at the intersection of public health and the built environment to expand their roles in the promotion of healthy communities. Learn about the available resources and tools available from APA, PHCI and the Cooperative Extension at Rutgers University, PPS, and TPL to promote health in your own planning practices.

  • Cailean Kok, AICP, Grant Manager, BRS Inc; Chair, Healthy Communities Collaborative
  • Sarah Elnakib, Family and Community Health Science Educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  • Laura Torchio, AICP, Deputy Director of Transportation, Project for Public Space
  • Hanaa Hamdi, PhD, National Public Health Director, The Trust for Public Land


Jersey City Moves Towards Sustainability

How can the fastest growing city in New Jersey and one of the oldest in the nation incorporate sustainability and green design into the urban environment and its own operations? The City of Jersey City and a variety of public and private stakeholders have advanced a myriad of initiatives from urban gardens to green infrastructure. As development has intensified, so too has the momentum of sustainability initiatives in the City. In 2017, the Division of Planning worked with the Office of Innovation and a number of other stakeholders on the Year of Water, public awareness and policy program. In 2018, the newly-created Office of Sustainability is focusing on energy-related issues and policies. In the private sector, developments are increasingly incorporating sustainable practices into designs. The Crescent Park project in the Grand Jersey Redevelopment Area is planned to be a complete redevelopment of a brownfield area into a resilient urban neighborhood. Organizations like the Jersey City Green Team and Sustainable Jersey City are providing opportunities for the public to become engaged on sustainability issues. This panel will explore what progress has been made so far and what issues need to be tackled next to make Jersey City a truly sustainable city.

  • Charles Heydt, PP, AICP, LEED AP ND, Senior Planner, Dresdner Robin
  • Katherine Lawrence, AICP, Senior Environmental Planner, Jersey City Division of Planning
  • Heather Kumer, Esq. LEED AP, Project Manager/Landscape Architect, Connell Foley
  • Rosana DaSilva of Rutgers Cooperative Extension OR Debra Italiano of Sustainable Jersey City TBD


Planning for Land Conservation: Meet the NJ Conservation Blueprint

The Conservation Blueprint identifies priority lands for agriculture, ecological quality, and recreation throughout New Jersey. This user-friendly online mapping tool provides important information for land use planning and decision-making. The tool was developed in 2016 by a 21-member steering committee of government and nonprofit land conservationists led by The Nature Conservancy and NJ Conservation Foundation. Rowan University is hosting and maintaining the site. Learn how to apply the Blueprint in developing land use plans. A special feature is the recognition of lands important to preserve in urban or more developed areas for people’s health and well-being. Visit the site at

  • Laura Szwak, Director, Education & Outreach, NJ Conservation Foundation
  • Eric Olsen, Director, Land Conservation Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • John Hasse, Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Studies, Rowan University




Pot, Politics, and Planning

With 8 states and DC allowing recreational use of marijuana and the new Governor promising to sign legislation for NJ, it is time to consider the land use implications for home growers, retailers, and the industrial production of cannabis in the Garden State. In this session you will hear about likely legislation; the legal issues at the local, state and federal levels; the nuisance, quality of life and land use conflicts; but also the economic development opportunities. You will hear about the Colorado experience in tackling these issues over the past five years as it implemented its constitutional amendment and an industry perspective.

  • Brian M. Slaugh, PP, AICP, Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz, P.C.
  • Michael F. Sullivan, PP, AICP, LLA, ASLA, Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz, P.C.
  • Brad A. Molotsky, Esq., LEED AP O+M, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP or Paul P. Josephson, Esq., Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
  • John Fussa, AICP, Dir. of Community Development, Town of Parker, Colorado
  • Industry Representative (TBD)


Innovative Public Engagement for Everyone (So fun, even the kids will love it!)

Innovative engagement strategies can reduce the obstacles to participation that inhibit many people from being involved in the decisions that impact their communities. With creativity and resourcefulness, innovative strategies are no costlier to implement than traditional forms of outreach, and they more easily draw a crowd.

In this session, panelists will present highly successful outreach projects that made use of non-traditional techniques. As part of outreach for Jersey City’s Pedestrian Enhancement Plan, the city deployed popular “Walkability Workshops” and pop-up demonstrations of streetscape safety enhancements. The NJTPA, in partnership with The Public Outreach and Engagement Team at Rutgers (POET) and FHI, implemented cutting-edge strategies for the NJTPA’s new Regional Transportation Plan, known as Plan 2045. They created a kid-friendly radio booth to engage youth about transportation planning (NJTPA “On Air”), organized civic dinner parties for millennials through a new initiative called Set the Table!, worked with ESL teachers to create customized classroom content for LEP residents, and deployed colorful, interactive pop-up booths at a variety of community events across northern and central New Jersey. The NJTPA and POET also catalogued more than 250 innovative outreach tools into an online Public Engagement Toolkit called “Engage!” that will launch this winter.

  • David Behrend, Director of Communications and Government Affairs, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Ted Ritter, Special Projects Manager: External Affairs, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Miriam Salerno, Senior Public Relations and Outreach Specialist, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
  • Leslie Black, Public Involvement Service Line Leader, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  • Barkha Patel, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Jersey City Division of City Planning


Who Run the World? Girls!  Power, Money & Law

Act like a lady, think like a boss.  Economic growth and redevelopment deals are happening all across New Jersey.  While women typically constitute a minority in land-use transactions – that certainly doesn’t hold true for this panel.  Meet the fierce females who are developing plans, setting the visions for their towns, forecasting financial models, and negotiating the strongest deals.  Learn about success stories and best practices while better understanding the challenges faced by women in various roles.

  • The Honorable Michele Delisfort, AICP, PP, Committeewoman, Union Township; Principal and Managing Partner, The Nishuane Group
  • The Honorable Sheena C. Collum, MPA, Village President, Township of South Orange Village; Executive Director, American Planning Association – NJ Chapter
  • The Honorable Colleen Mahr, Mayor, Fanwood
  • The Honorable Nora Radest, Mayor, Summit
  • Sherry L. Tracey, Senior Managing Director, Phoenix Advisors, LLC
  • Erin K. Law, Esq., Partner, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC
  • Lisa John-Basta, Esq., Partner, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC


LEED for Cities and the WELL Community Standard

This session will offer an overview of the latest and most cutting edge sustainability rating systems. LEED for Cities and Communities is a data-driven rating system that uses metrics to measure the sustainability of cities (and communities) and to monitor progress and track improvements. The performance score uses 14 metrics related to energy and carbon, water, waste, transportation, education, prosperity, equitability, health and safety. The Arc platform can also measure data on 250+ quantitative and qualitative parameters for more detailed evaluation.

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system to measure the impact of the built environment on human health. The WELL Community Standard is now in pilot phase, and expands that reach into overall community issues and has close ties to land planning practice.

  • William Amann, P.E., DCEP, LEED FELLOW, President – M&E Engineers, Chairman, Somerset County Energy Council, Board Member, US Green Building Council NJ Chapter, US Green Building Council NJ Chapter


Managing Religious Land Use Controversies

As New Jersey’s communities have become more diverse, there have been a number of recent cases in which religious or cultural groups have been denied permits to practice their faith, or are put through more extensive screening by land use boards than other groups. This panel will explore several cases including that of Muslims who wanted to build a mosque in Basking Ridge, and Ramapough Indians who are seeking to continue cultural practices in Mahwah. A land use attorney familiar with these and other cases will discuss how the provisions of the Religious Land Uses and Institutionalized Persons Act can be used to address religious or cultural bias.

  • Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
  • George Williams, AICP/PP, Principal, Nishuane Group
  • Carlos Rodrigues, FAICP/PP, Principal, Design Solutions for a Crowded Planet
  • Dwight Merriam, Esq. Partner, Robinson+Cole


Retaining Agriculture on the Urban-Rural Fringe

The widespread conversion of agricultural land into residential, commercial, and industrial uses commencing in the post-World War II era spurred the enactment of a suite of farmland retention tools in New Jersey over a 40-year period, from the Farmland Assessment Act of 1964, the Right to Farm Act and the Agriculture Retention and Development Act (1983), to the State Transfer of Development Rights Act (2004), among others. Sprawl was the poster child that galvanized public support and funding farmland preservation programs was the elixir.

The Great Recession appreciably slowed development, seemingly easing pressure on the agricultural land base, but new challenges have emerged, from funding pressures and wildlife damage to requests to permit alternate uses and ensure the long-term viability of the ag. industry.

This session proposes to fully enumerate these new challenges and describe efforts to manage them. Representatives of the State Agriculture Development Committee will discuss new methodologies that can be deployed along with older approaches that could be recalibrated. Lending an academic perspective, Rutgers professor Dr. Brian Schilling will discuss his research on ownership succession and its impacts on preserved farm viability.

  • Susan E. Payne, AICP, PP, Executive Director, NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
  • Jeffrey C. Everett, Deputy Executive Director, NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
  • Steven Bruder, AICP, PP, Planning Manager, NJ State Agriculture Development Committee
  • Brian J. Schilling, Assoc. Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Policy, Rutgers University


Best Practices in Sustainability for Planners and Local Officials

Looking for the latest plans and policies that will advance sustainability in NJ communities? Look no further. This session will cover a wide range of sustainability strategies for NJ municipalities, developed by professionals and public officials across the state for the Sustainable Jersey municipal certification program. Since Sustainable Jersey launched in 2009, 440 municipalities have signed up, hundreds of new Green Teams have been created in municipalities across the State, and over 6,000 discrete sustainability actions (i.e. plans, policies and activities) have been implemented in the three categories of prosperity, people and environment. This session will cover “actions” of particular interest to planners, including solar and EV ordinances, urban heat island assessments, water conservation strategies, impervious coverage assessments, long-term green infrastructure strategies, engaging the public in community planning decision, and more. The session will also cover Sustainable Jersey resources that are available to municipalities, including mini-grants, technical assistance and training. Session attendees will learn how these sustainability plans, policies and activities can be a resource to inform their work, and help promote sustainability in New Jersey communities.

  • Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • Linda Weber, AICP, PP, Director of Policy & Program Initiatives, Sustainable Jersey
  • Chris Linn, AICP, Manager, Office of Environmental Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP,PP, Senior Research Manager, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
  • Lauren Skowronski, Program Director for Community Engagement, Sustainable Jersey


565 Towns, One Water

One Water principles consider the urban water cycle as a single integrated system, recognizing the interconnectedness of surface water, groundwater, storm water and wastewater, and seeking to better plan for their combined impact on flooding, water supply, water quality, wetlands, rivers, estuaries and coastal waters. Planners are at the vanguard of an advancing national trend toward One Water approaches through their toolkits: comprehensive plans, zoning codes, land use ordinances, capital plans, and urban design. The session provides an overview of the One Water concept, and using a workshop format, we will interact with attendees to illuminate successful planning practices that better connect natural and utility components to yield more sustainable land use and development/redevelopment outcomes, better integration of master plan elements, and more sustainable infrastructure/resource systems. The session will “connect the dots” between One Water efforts by NJDEP, NJ Future, Jersey Water Works, and others, on green infrastructure, climate resiliency, and resource management. Locally, implementing One Water principles is where policy meets practice. The session will review how Hoboken is successfully addressing One Water management—including asset management of the water supply, flood protection measures through capital projects and policy incentives, and green infrastructure initiatives to address water quality.

  • William Cesanek, AICP, Vice President/Practice Leader, CDM Smith
  • Daniel J. Van Abs, PhD, PP/AICP, Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society & Environment, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
  • Brandy Forbes, AICP, PP, Community Development Director, City of Hoboken




Models in Regional Planning

In this session, the New Jersey County Planners Association will highlight Models in Regional Planning that reflect its mission of supporting the efforts of other planning agencies and facilitating effective relationships among all levels of government. Three specific examples in Passaic, Somerset and Monmouth Counties illustrate how counties lead regional planning as a value-added benefit to public and private investments, drive infrastructure and technology innovations, and support farmland preservation and agricultural throughout the State. The Passaic County Smart Traffic Signal Corridor project deploys smart camera and antennae systems to coordinate over 15 miles of traffic signals in five municipalities to mitigate congestion and air quality. The project creates use cases for testing new technology, upgrading legacy infrastructure , and monitoring results regionally. The Somerset County Supporting Priority Investment initiative is a multi-year, multi-phase regional effort that supports smart growth, economic investment, and preservation initiatives through tactical alignment of land use, infrastructure policy and investment decisions. In Monmouth County, preserving farmland is the only the beginning. Planning for Sustainable Farms aims to keep agriculture as a viable New Jersey industry through marketing tools, a database for farm-to-restaurant connections, and educational forums on new trends in agriculture.

  • Kamal Saleh, AICP/PP, Supervising Planner, Union County Bureaus of Land Use and Transportation Planning
  • Michael Lysicatos, AICP/PP, Assistant Director, Passaic County Department of Planning and Economic Development
  • Walter C. Lane, AICP/PP, Director of Planning, Somerset County Planning Division
  • Linda J. Brennen, AICP/PP, Supervising Planner, Monmouth County Division of Planning


The Atlantic City Gateway Project: Effecting Change Through Cooperation and Perseverance

The Atlantic City Development Corporation (ACDEVCO) has led the Gateway Project in Atlantic City, a $220 million venture that includes a new headquarters for South Jersey Gas, a campus for Stockton University, and a shared use parking garage opening in fall 2018. Amidst the complexity of challenges, the focus of the session will be on the communication and cooperation among the City, the developer, and their professionals in creating a project that advanced the goals of all partners. The variety of planning issues brought forth a paradigm change from one that removes people from the street to one that embraces connectivity in a way that supports the local economy through open dialogue.

  • Elizabeth A. Terenik, PP, AICP, Business Administrator, Middle Township
  • Christopher J. Paladino, Esq., President, New Brunswick Development Corporation
  • James Maley, Jr., Principal, Maley Givens, P.C.


The (Sometimes) Harsh Realities of Walking and Cycling in NJ Communities & How the Circuit Trails Reconnects Communities

This Session will highlight both current research on barriers to walking and cycling in NJ communities, as well as a successful regional trails initiative underway in the Greater Philadelphia/Southern NJ region to reconnect communities via the Circuit Trails. As planners, policy makers and advocates increasingly focus on equity concerns in active transportation  efforts, understanding the perceptions, experiences and barriers to walking and bicycling in NJ communities can improve implementation efforts and lead to substantive change. The Circuit Trails initiative is an excellent case example of how these barriers can be overcome to create a regional network of multi-use trails that, when complete, will span more than 800 miles, and reconnect communities. The session will also discuss two recent research efforts that explore the realities of active transportation behavior in NJ — one focused on understanding perceptions of crime and effects on walking behavior in three Essex County communities (i.e., Newark, Bloomfield and Verona) and a second focused on the real and perceived fears and challenges of minority women when it comes to bicycling for transportation or recreation.

  • Susan Blickstein, AICP/PP, PhD, Principal/Professor, SGB Planning, LLC/Vassar College
  • Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Researcher/Adjunct Professor, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
  • John Boyle, Research Director, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Janine G. Bauer, Esq., Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, P.C.


WE’VE GOT THE NUMBERS! Learn how to get Census Bureau data.

The Census Bureau offers all sorts of data beyond that familiar 10-year count; the American Community Survey is conducted every month. Bring your own device and follow along in this presentation/workshop as we delve into the Census website and tools. Part 1. Learn the difference between our Decennial count and ACS. Part 2. Learn American Fact Finder and how to get the data. Part 3. Create choropleth maps using our ESRI-supported website. This is meant to be a hands-on session. Bring your device!

Additionally, we will review an ACS data use-case from NJ TRANSIT. The agency’s service area is the entire state of New Jersey, the largest geographic service area of any transit agency in the United States. To satisfy FTA reporting requirements, the agency regularly needs data on race, income, English proficiency, and spoken languages for every area of the state. Over the last six years, NJ TRANSIT has increasingly turned to the ACS and the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder website to gather the data it needs for these submissions. We will present some of the work products from that effort and discuss some of the challenges encountered along the way.

  • Aaron Reisner, PP, AICP, Senior Transportation-GIS Analyst, NJ TRANSIT
  • David Kraiker, Data Dissemination & GIS Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Noelia Gonzalez-Moussignac, Data Dissemination Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau


Planning for Age-Friendly Communities in New Jersey

Approximately 14% of New Jersey’s residents are over age 65, and that number will increase to 21% by 2032. This session will cover research and practice related to creating healthy communities for older adults. The first presentation will provide an overview of current age-friendly efforts in northern New Jersey that are supported by two local philanthropies. Based on interviews with program leaders, the presentation describes a typology of community-level changes that age-friendly community initiatives seek to achieve. The second presentation will describe the Lifelong Elizabeth project, an effort to focus attention on physical improvements and service enhancements that will make it easier for older adults to remain in their homes, specifically highlighting the role of the Bloustein School in supporting needs assessment, data collection and public space assessment studies. The third presentation describes the work of NJTIP @ Rutgers to help older adults in targeted communities stay safe and more mobile longer. TIP SMART (Senior Mobility and Resource Training) will be shared in this session. Finally, a representative from Garfield demonstrates how the “Generations for Garfield” program implements pop-up wellness center events to provide wellness programming in a centrally located, multi-generational space.

  • Stephanie Hunsinger, State Director, AARP-NJ
  • Emily A. Greenfield, PhD, Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work
  • Karen Lowrie, PhD, Associate Director, Environmental Analysis and Communication Group, Bloustein School, Rutgers University
  • Karen J. Alexander, MPA, Managing Director, NJTIP @ Rutgers
  • Darleen Revelle, R.N., Public Health Nurse, Garfield, NJ


A Primer on AICP’s Revised Code of Ethics

The AICP Commission recently adopted procedural changes to its Professional Code of Ethics, while largely maintaining its substantive basis. This session will provide a brief introduction to the Code and how it is enforced, and then engage the audience in a series of situational exercises designed to probe possible interpretations of the Code of Ethics.

  • Carlos Rodrigues FAICP / PP – Principal, Design Solutions for a Crowd