Rezoning Near Train Stations Essential to Transit-Oriented Development

Local zoning that prohibits multifamily development near train stations in the New Jersey and Connecticut suburbs outside Manhattan is the main roadblock to expanding transit-oriented development that could accommodate 250,000 homes and help solve the dearth of affordable housing in the tri-state area, according to a new report.

“Untapped Potential,” issued Tuesday by the Regional Plan Association in anticipation of the release of the group’s fourth regional plan for the metropolitan area, envisions more mixed-use developments near train stations — even on land currently used for parking — as a solution for a host of the problems the congested region faces. Such development would provide more housing, reduce traffic, boost the economy, and potentially reduce the stress felt by those forced to commute long distances to work or to work longer hours or multiple jobs to cover their housing costs.

Read the full article in NJ Spotlight.