Thursday, October 15, 2009

NJ's Governor Candidates on 'Smart Growth'

New Jersey Future asked the state's three leading candidates for governor to respond to a questionnaire about smart growth.

The organization reports today that the responses given to six questions posed offered "many similarities-along with some nuanced differences."

Here's how New Jersey Future summarized the answers:

Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine, the incumbent, emphasizes steps his administration has taken, from the Global Warming Response Act to the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program, as evidence of his commitment to promote both a strong economy and a healthy environment. In a second term, he pledges that his Policy Office "will convene a State Plan cabinet working group to align state agency actions with State Plan objectives."

Republican Christopher Christie criticizes the Governor's failure in his first term "to coordinate and focus the efforts of multiple departments" in redevelopment activities and land-use management. He touts his own "Bringing Back Our Cities" plan, which includes tax incentives aimed at revitalizing urban areas, adding, "The Office of State Planning needs to be restored to a leadership role" in carrying out the State Plan.

Independent Christopher Daggett proposes to promote smart growth by expanding transfer-of-development-rights (TDR) programs statewide and restoring Regional Contribution Agreements (RCA) as a tool for producing new affordable-housing units in receiving municipalities. He also pledges to "reconvene state and local government officials, builders, environmentalists, business leaders and housing advocates to re-examine the State Plan."

Read the candidates' full answers to all six questions here.

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