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 […]Click for more information on 'From NIMBY to YIMBY, To Benefit the Community'
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 […]Click for more information on 'Cannabis Policy in the Garden State'
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 […]Click for more information on 'Trends in Redevelopment Finance'
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.” […]Click for more information on 'Fostering an Innovation Economy — Wherever You Are'