Eight communities along a busy corridor in New Jersey's Union County have the potential to accommodate extensive mixed-use redevelopment on more than 1,000 acres of transit-oriented sites, according to a study recently released by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and NJ Transit and led by Regional Plan Association. This type of redevelopment can help attract new businesses and the jobs they create. Mixed-use communities, which blend residential, commercial, retail and cultural development, also are a draw for residents and visitors, helping to expand the tax base and fuel the local and regional economy.
The new study, Planning for Emerging Centers, is an effort that brought together elected officials, planning professionals and other stakeholders to study the economic development potential of land uses in eight communities along a proposed future transit route. That route, which stretches from Elizabeth to Plainfield, is being studied for new transit service, including bus rapid transit. The report provides recommendations at the community and corridor level on how to seize opportunities for growth and development around the transit corridor. Particular opportunities were found for multifamily housing and in the leisure & hospitality, manufacturing and education and health services industries.
Read the full report here.