But rather than shuffle it to the bottom of the "to do" pile, the governor's staff might want to give the document careful study--and, perhaps, implementation.
Why? Because it could save the state and municipalities a ton of money, according to the planning advocacy organization
New Jersey Future.
The organization's director, Jay Corbalis, says that a new Impact Assessment finds that, by following the State Plan, New Jersey would:
- reduce water and sewer infrastructure costs by $500 million
- save municipalities and school districts more than $100 million a year, and
- save 60,000 acres of land that would otherwise be developed from 2008 to 2028
The plan requires Governor Christie's approval, but Corbalis notes:
"one of the administration’s key transition teams has recommended strengthening the authority of the (State Planning) Commission, allowing it to update the State Plan in a manner that coordinates the capital investment priorities and regulatory regimes of state agencies."
For more, check out NJ Future's new blog post on the subject.
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