Friday, January 29, 2010

Could a revised State Plan save NJ money?

As if Gov. Chris Christie's new administration didn't already have enough to deal with, along comes a revision to the State Plan--some six years overdue at that.

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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