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March 9, 2018

Morning Plenary: Vibrant, Healthy and Just: New Strategies for Recharging New Jersey’s Economic Growth
08:45  -  10:30
Morning Plenary: Vibrant, Healthy and Just: New Strategies for Recharging New Jersey’s Economic Growth
Ballroom

Morning Plenary: Vibrant, Healthy and Just: New Strategies for Recharging New Jersey’s Economic Growth

New Jersey is at an inflection point. A number of our cities and towns are experiencing a promising comeback, with redevelopment and new business activity invigorating once-struggling communities. However, the state’s economic recovery from the Great Recession has lagged that of most other states, and stubborn, chronic problems remain. High housing costs, crumbling infrastructure, a neglected transit system, and the increasing vulnerability of our coast and towns to climate change all threaten to impede the […]

Designing for Health
11:00  -  12:30
Designing for Health
Garden State A

Designing for Health

How can design that emphasizes healthy outcomes result in quantifiable, positive impacts on economic activity, tax base, municipal budgets, and quality of life? And how can that be balanced against the pressures of gentrification and displacement? In this session, hear how experts have used such strategies as building and preserving open space in urban areas, increasing walkability, and planting street trees to incorporate a health lens into redevelopment, and given themselves a competitive edge in […]


Aging-Friendly Is Everyone-Friendly
11:00  -  12:30
Aging-Friendly Is Everyone-Friendly
Garden State C

Aging-Friendly Is Everyone-Friendly

Readily accessible, center-based locations that offer jobs, housing, entertainment and amenities characterize places that attract Millennials and people 55 years of age and better. Communities can recast land use regulations to enhance aging-friendly characteristics, which in turn will allow them to retain and enhance economic vitality and viability. This session will explore what makes an aging-friendly community; how communities can adjust to meet evolving needs of their populations so residents can age in place; and […]


From NIMBY to YIMBY, To Benefit the Community
11:00  -  12:30
From NIMBY to YIMBY, To Benefit the Community
Brunswick B

From NIMBY to YIMBY, To Benefit the Community

NIMBY sentiments tend to drive adversarial relationships among community residents, developers, and municipal officials, but YIMBYism opens the door to opportunity. When the priorities and perspectives of community stakeholders and decision makers are clear, conflict can be resolved, working relationships can be established, and the community benefits of development can be amplified. Panelists will highlight NIMBY-based social, political and financial obstacles that developers face at the municipal level, and they will discuss methods to promote […]


Cannabis Policy in the Garden State
11:00  -  12:30
Cannabis Policy in the Garden State
Brunswick A

Cannabis Policy in the Garden State

If New Jersey regulates a market for adult-use recreational marijuana, it will join a group of eight other states to do so. This session will provide an overview of cannabis industry operations, including those that relate to land use such as the need for retail space, lab-testing space, and cultivation space. It will also cover the issue’s current legislative status and what municipalities might do in preparation for legalization. Panelists will point to unique policies […]


Ignite Redevelopment New Jersey
11:00  -  12:30
Ignite Redevelopment New Jersey
Salon A&B

Ignite Redevelopment New Jersey

A series of rapid-fire presentations using the internationally successful Ignite format of five minutes/20 slides, and a brief Q&A after each one, on a wide range of redevelopment topics and case studies, with an emphasis on best practices and lessons learned. Come be a part of this innovative “lightning round” of redevelopment talks! Among the topics: Creative Repurposing of Infrastructure Presentation Hoboken’s Resiliency Park Presentation The Value of Urban Trees Presentation Morristown’s Newest Neighborhood Presentation Repurposing Faith-Based Facilities Presentation Waterfront […]

Creative Solutions to the Affordable-Housing Dilemma
11:00  -  12:30
Creative Solutions to the Affordable-Housing Dilemma
Conference Room I

Creative Solutions to the Affordable-Housing Dilemma

The shortage of affordable housing in New Jersey continues to grow. Now that the courts have established the number of additional affordable units that most municipalities must provide, what’s next? With tax-credit financing and other government subsidies shrinking, what alternatives should be considered? Upzoning for added density, including duplexes and accessory dwelling units? Tiny homes? Modular or manufactured homes? What laws or regulations stand in the way of creative solutions, and how might non-traditional homes […]


Paying for New Jersey’s Aging Stormwater Infrastructure
11:00  -  12:30
Paying for New Jersey’s Aging Stormwater Infrastructure
Garden State B

Paying for New Jersey’s Aging Stormwater Infrastructure

How can the least-valued, sometimes most expensive part of the water cycle become an economic asset? Stormwater infrastructure is one of New Jersey’s most expensive water-related funding needs, but, unlike 1,583 cities across the country, New Jersey communities cannot create a “utility” that is responsible for managing it. Panelists will discuss the role of stormwater management in redevelopment, how stormwater utilities have been structured in other states to meet the needs of their communities, and […]


The Power of P3s
11:00  -  12:30
The Power of P3s
Brunswick D

The Power of P3s

Public-private partnerships make possible development and infrastructure projects that project sponsors can’t advance on their own. This session will offer insight into how to craft successful P3s by exploring the motivations of each participant: redevelopers, municipalities, and financiers. Panelists will describe projects from New Jersey and across the country, illuminating how to get started, how to deliver community benefits, and what it takes to cross the finish line. This session is eligible for 1.5 AICP  […]


Luncheon Keynote: The New Localism
12:30  -  1:45
Luncheon Keynote: The New Localism
Ballroom

Luncheon Keynote: The New Localism

New Localism has emerged as the primary way the United States and many European nations solve hard challenges today: bottom-up rather than top-down, and driven by public, private and civic networks rather than delivered by government alone. Where rising populism on the left and right exploits the grievances of those left behind in the global economy, New Localism has developed as a mechanism to address them head on. This keynote will demonstrate the ways New […]

Confronting Flooding
2:15  -  3:45
Confronting Flooding
Brunswick A

Confronting Flooding

Areas bordering any tidally influenced waters are increasingly at risk of flooding related to sea-level rise. Yet local officials are reluctant to consider changes that could shift development patterns away from high-risk areas, citing residents’ objections, the risk of large-scale disinvestment and declines in tax revenues. This session will explore approaches for moving waterfront development from high- to lower-risk locations while preserving a community’s social vitality and economic viability. Panelists will also cover ways to […]


Trends in Redevelopment Finance
2:15  -  3:45
Trends in Redevelopment Finance
Brunswick B

Trends in Redevelopment Finance

Not all municipalities are financing redevelopment the same way, and even the tools available are being used differently in different municipalities. This session will cover the current trends in redevelopment finance in order to help identify what choices are out there and to examine how towns are making them work. Speakers will talk about the pros and cons of PILOTs, Redevelopment Area Bonds (RABs), short- and long-term tax abatements, EDA grants and Opportunity Zones. Leslie […]


Fostering an Innovation Economy — Wherever You Are
2:15  -  3:45
Fostering an Innovation Economy — Wherever You Are
Garden State B

Fostering an Innovation Economy — Wherever You Are

Not every place can offer all the elements Amazon is seeking for its HQ2. But every place can invest in the kinds of durable innovation assets that residents, employers and a vibrant local business community are seeking, and in the process make itself an irresistible destination for living, working and playing. Panelists will discuss innovative approaches to enlivening your downtown, broadening the appeal of your housing stock, and building a full portfolio of “innovation amenities.” […]


Adapting to the Retail Revolution
2:15  -  3:45
Adapting to the Retail Revolution
Conference Room I

Adapting to the Retail Revolution

New Jersey, like the rest of the country, is “over-retailed,” and a course correction is under way, with many major retailers announcing store closures. Online sales are eating into brick-and-mortar retailers’ market share, and the Millennial generation’s preference for in-town living is rendering many automobile-dependent shopping centers obsolete. This panel will discuss what traditional downtowns can do to capitalize on new demand and new ways of shopping, and what suburban shopping centers can do to […]


Millennial Town Hall
2:15  -  3:45
Millennial Town Hall
Salon A&B

Millennial Town Hall

Millennials are becoming our next leaders and taxpayers. Yet research shows Millennials are leaving New Jersey. With a new administration in place, how can the state position itself to retain its Millennial population and become a destination for others in that cohort? How can communities turn themselves into the lively, walkable places Millennials desire? In this “reverse” town-hall format, hear from Millennial professionals about why their generation is leaving New Jersey and what strategies they […]

EVs, AVs, and the Future of Urban Growth and Redevelopment
2:15  -  3:45
EVs, AVs, and the Future of Urban Growth and Redevelopment
Brunswick D

EVs, AVs, and the Future of Urban Growth and Redevelopment

Coming advances in technology will trigger profound changes in how transportation systems function and in the form of the urban development that surrounds them. Growth in electric vehicle usage will create demand for new vehicle-powering support infrastructure and make existing infrastructure obsolete. The advent of autonomous vehicles may increase automobile trip-making and competition with public transit, while reducing parking demand. What should developers, planners, and local officials be thinking about and doing right now to […]