Smart Growth Areas of New Jersey

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NJ Department of State, Office for Planning Advocacy, formerly Office of Smart Growth, formerly the Office of State Planning)
Publication_Date: 20010301
Title: Smart Growth Areas of New Jersey
Edition: 17 as of 20151202
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Publication_Place: New Jersey
Publisher: NJ Department of State Office for Planning Advocacy
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This dataset contains the boundaries of New Jersey's Smart Growth Areas. This metadata mainly describes the elements derived from the State Plan. See the metadata for the Pinelands Management Areas or the Meadowlands for specific information concerning their geographic areas.
The Smart Growth Areas are a subset of the NJ State Development & Redevelopment Plan combined with growth areas of the NJ Pinelands Management Areas as well as some areas of the Meadowlands.
The Smart Growth Areas file was created to help implement the goals of the New Jersey State Plan. As well, a number of state agencies use Smart Growth Areas as tools to implement certain programs. Below is a list of some of the programs that cite Smart Growth Area status as one of their criteria. This list is continuously updated as new programs choose to use Smart Growth Areas in their decision-making process. BPU- Energy Star & Smart Start Programs, BPU- Utility Main Extension Regulations, EDA- Business Employment Incentive Program, HMFA- Loan and Subsidy programs, Treasury- Property Management Space Approval Request, Treasury- Property Management Smart Growth Site Location Unit .
Specific areas included as smart growth area (Y): State Plan: Metropolitan Planning Area (PA1], Suburban Planning Area (PA2), A Designated Center, an area identified for growth as a result of either an initial or advanced petition for Plan Endorsement that has been approved by the SPC, a Smart Growth Area and Planning Area designated in a master plan adopted by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, a Pinelands Regional Growth Area, Pinelands Village or Pinelands Town as designated by the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.
The State Plan's Statewide Policies are applied to the natural and built resources of the state through the designation of five Planning Areas. These Planning Areas reflect distinct geographic and economic units within the state and serve as an organizing framework for application of the Statewide Policies of the State Plan. Planning Areas are areas of land, not less than one square mile, that share certain conditions, such as population density, infrastructure systems, level of development, or environmental sensitivity. Planning Areas do not necessarily coincide with municipal or county boundaries, but define geographic areas that are suitable for common application of public policy. The State Plan anticipates continued growth throughout New Jersey in all Planning Areas. The character, location and magnitude of this growth vary among Planning Areas according to the specific character of the area. Each Planning Area has Policy Objectives that guide growth in the context of its unique qualities and conditions. The Policy Objectives also shape and define the application of the Statewide Policies in each Planning Area. Refer to the NJSDRP for further description of the geographic nature of Planning Areas.
UPDATE HISTORY: 12/04/2015 - Middle Twp, Cape May Court House center expanded as per SPC. 06/17/15 - Planning area change in Mansfield Twp, PA5 to PA2 04/15/15 - Planning area change in Cranbury Twp, PA4b to PA2. 10/16/13 - Center created in Wrightstown Boro and Somerset Regional Center extended. 01/17/13 - Center created in Millstone Twp, and map amendments completed in Mt. Olive. 10/17/12 - Changes as a result of Endorsment of Cape May and Long Branch Cities and updates to Pinelands boundaries. 10/05/12 - All expired and expired portions of Centers returned to the map as per the Permit Extension Act of 2012 with the exception of Byram and Oxford- they are replaced by new Highlands Centers. 09/12/12 - Planning Area Map Amendments in Edison and Egg Harbor Townships. 07/06/12 - Plan Endorsement, Berkeley Twp. 04/30/12 - Galloway map amendment and Interim Somerset Regional Center established. 12/07/11 - Plan Endorsement, Barnegat Twp. 09/28/11 - Plan Endorsement, Middle Twp., Cape May County 11/24/09 - Plan Endorsement, Ocean City, Cape May County 07/16/09 - Two Centers expired and were partially extended: Vernon and Sparta. 07/15/09 - Cape May Point added as a Center 04/07/09 - Corrected CAFRA error. Removed and amended expired Centers of Hainesville, Layton, Montague and West Creek. 01/28/09 - Center Extension Act - Re-added previously-expired centers 07/01/08 - Endorsements, two new Centers added; West Cape May & Woodstown. 06/19/08 - Expired Centers removed; Englishtown, Neptune, Laurel Lake, Mauricetown-Haleyville and Port Norris. Monmouth Co. Centers had no real effect as they are in Urban Planning Areas already. 05/15/08 - Allentown Center expired & removed 01/07/08 - 68 Expired Centers removed from SG areas. 05/29/07 - Meadowlands Smart Growth Area update 05/16/07 - Plan Endorsement, Stafford Twp, Ocean County 03/06/07 - Plan Endorsement, Upper Twp, Cape May County Byram Center, Sussex County Pinelands Management (SG) Areas updated as of 2/20/2007 01/18/06 - Plan Endorsement, Plainsboro Twp, Middlesex County
Related Data Files: Splan2 (polygon) Cenlne2 - Centers of the NJ State Plan (polygon); Cehs2 - Critical Environmental and Historic Sites of the NJ State Plan (polygons); Hcs2 - Historic and Cultural Sites of the NJ State Plan (points); Endorsed - Endorsed Plan areas of the NJ State Plan (polygons); Cores - Cores of the NJ State Plan (polygons); Nodes - Nodes of the NJ State Plan (polygons) Pinelands Managements, Meadowlands zoning.
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NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF STATE, OFFICE FOR PLANNING ADVOCACY END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT.NOTICE TO USER: THIS IS A CONTRACT. USE OF THE ACCOMPANYING DATA AND/OR SOFTWARE MEANS THAT YOU ACCEPT ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, erase your copy or return the software and/or data to The New Jersey Office for Planning Advocacy(OPA) without using or copying it in any way. The End User is defined as any person or organization receiving these files directly from OPA. OPA grants to the End User a license to use the software, data and documentation provided the End User agrees to the following: I. LIMITED WARRANTY: Notwithstanding the special conditions regarding the subject data specified in part III of this licensing agreement, the Office for Planning Advocacy makes no representations of any kind, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability of fitness for a particular use, nor are any such warranties to be implied, with respect to the digital software and data furnished. The Office for Planning Advocacy assumes no responsibility to maintain them in any manner or form. II. TERMS OF AGREEMENT: The data received from OPA is to be used solely by the End User and will not be reproduced or redistributed for use by anyone else, without first obtaining written permission from OPA. III. SPECIAL CONDITIONS: The delineations are part of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan produced and released by the New Jersey Office for Planning Advocacy. The boundaries reflect delineations as of the date the files are posted on our website: Any map amendments accepted in the interim are not reflected in these delineations. Due to the complex nature of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan and the state planning process and the relationship of all of the individual parts of the plan, questions regarding the plan should not be resolved by or even considered using maps alone. This would provide a limited view of the comprehensive approach embodied in the plan. For this reason, any questions relating to the plan or its delineations for the State should be directed to OPA. The information has been delivered in a standard format. OPA assumes no liability for inability of the End User to use the data/software for any financial damages caused by such an inability. OPA agrees, however, to assist in resolving any problems in using the software or data and to reproduce the data if necessary.
Contact_Person: Steven Karp
Contact_Organization: NJ Department of State Office for Planning Advocacy
Contact_Position: Research Director
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: PO Box 820
City: Trenton
State_or_Province: NJ
Postal_Code: 08625
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (609)292-3160
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (609) 292-3292
NJ Office for Planing Advocacy, NJ Pinelands Commission, NJ Meadowlands Commission.

Attribute values were reviewed by county planners and by staff of the Office of State Planning through the Cross-acceptance process. Contact the Pinelands or Meadowlands Commissions concerning their data.
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Planning Area boundaries are complete for the entire state as they existed at time of publication. Changes to the boundaries must be approved by the State Planning Commission, Meadowlands Commission, Pinelands Commission in their respective areas.
Scale of the original mapping was 1:24000. Feature locations should generally meet National Map Accuracy Standards for that scale, which means that boundaries are within 40 feet of their intended locations; however accuracy testing has not been done.
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Concerning the State Plan: Through the Cross-acceptance process, a series of 1:24000 film USGS quadrangle registered maps defining the Planning Area boundaries of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan was created. Locations of the boundaries were originally refined using hardcopy orthophotouquads as produced by Markhurd Corp (1986). Later boundaries were digitized using digital orthophotos at 3-meter resolution (1991), and later still, using 1995 digital orthophotos at 1-meter resolution from USGS.
05/29/07 - Meadowlands Smart Growth Areas updated to include rights-of-way and exclude open water.
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NJ Department of State (DOS), Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA)
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City: Trenton
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directly or via NJ Department of State, Office for Planning Advocacy website, with standard web browser
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Beginning_Date: 20151202
Ending_Date: present

Metadata_Date: 20151202
Contact_Person: Steven Karp
Contact_Organization: NJ Department of State Office for Planning Advocacy
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: PO Box 820
City: Trenton
State_or_Province: NJ
Postal_Code: 08625
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