Bright Spot: The Fourth Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area

On Thursday, November 30, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) unveiled its fourth plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area, which sets 20-year goals for the area’s growth and infrastructure and quality-of-life investments, and is grounded in 4 key values: Equity, Prosperity, Health, and Sustainability. These values deeply inform the plan’s recommendations, which include an aggressive approach to climate change, encompassing comprehensive pricing of greenhouse gases, strategic investment in climate resiliency infrastructure, traffic reduction measures matched with the expansion of public transit and regional rails, and the creation of a green energy grid; prioritization of affordable housing in all communities throughout the region, with well-paying job opportunities nearby; and the democratization of planning and development processes to make them “more inclusive, predictable, and efficient.”

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