Rules and Legislation
The State Strategic Plan Steering Committee was established by Governor Christie's Executive Order No. 78 on October 20, 2011. The Office for Planning Advocacy serves both the State Strategic Steering Committee and the New Jersey State Planning Commission.
The order states that the Committee will "…work closely with the SPC and OPA to ensure that relevant State departments and agencies incorporate the goals, objectives, and values of a new SPC adopted State Plan into Department Strategic Plans..."
The New Jersey State Planning Commission and the Office of State Planning (now the Office for Planning Advocacy) were established by New Jersey State Planning Act(N.J.S.A. 52:18A-196 et seq.; available for reference at the New Jersey Legislature) which was signed into law on January 5, 1986. The Act called for a State Development and Redevelopment Plan to be prepared through a statewide planning process called cross-acceptance.
In the Act, the Legislature declared that the State of New Jersey needs sound and integrated "statewide planning" to "…conserve its natural resources, revitalize its urban centers, protect the quality of its environment, and provide needed housing and adequate public services at a reasonable cost while promoting beneficial economic growth, development and renewal."
The Act authorizes the State Planning Commission to adopt formal rules and procedures to govern its actions.
The process of planning in New Jersey is also governed by these other statutes:
For further information on any New Jersey State laws and pending legislation, including status reports and full text retrieval, see the New Jersey Legislature Web site or call the Legislative Information and Bill Room toll-free (in New Jersey) at 800-792-8630.
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