New Jersey Future


137 West Hanover Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
County: Mercer


Mr. Peter K. Kasabach

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For the Urban Waters Solutions Initiative, a collaborative, urban water stakeholder group working to support clean water and sustainable communities in New Jersey by advancing innovative infrastructure solutions in communities with combined sewer systems.

Organization Background

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies at both the state and local levels. The organization employs original research, analysis and outreach efforts to build coalitions and drive change to revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy. More recently, New Jersey Future has expanded its work to include local engagement and implementation, most notably in Sandy-affected communities.

During its 27-year history, New Jersey Future has successfully advanced the adoption and implementation of new laws for protecting the environment and encouraging smarter growth, including the State Planning Act, Highlands Water Protection Act and legislation enabling transfer of development rights (TDR) and non-contiguous clustering. It has taken legal action to stop sprawl and promote affordable housing and been granted "friend of the court" status in testifying on the intricacies of the State Plan. New Jersey Future has a long, successful track record as a convener, both of high-profile large events like the annual Redevelopment Forum and Smart Growth Awards, and of smaller groups working toward a specific set of outcomes. Examples of facilitated leadership by New Jersey Future include: the urban water effort that is underway, as well the Common Ground initiative with New Jersey environmental groups; the Transfer of Development Rights, Non-Contiguous Clustering and Smart Housing Zones working groups and campaigns; the Together North Jersey Environment and Livability committee; and the Greater Trenton initiative in downtown Trenton. The rich, bipartisan and multi-disciplinary composition of New Jersey Future's board of trustees also reflects and supports this collaborative approach to developing and implementing policy solutions.

This project will be led by executive director Peter Kasabach and senior director of state policy Chris Sturm, with Chris continuing to serve as project manager. Chris has a great deal of experience leading advocacy campaigns and coalition-based efforts, a recent "win" being the successful passage of reforms to the Municipal Land Use Law to improve noncontiguous clustering provisions. Key support will be provided by Jane Rosenblatt, planning and policy associate and Elaine Clisham, communications director; New Jersey Future board members Jane Kenny and Mark Mauriello (former commissioners of the NJ Department of Community Affairs and NJ Department of Environmental Protection, respectively) are co-chairing this effort and will form the core of a larger steering committee that will be established in the coming year.

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