Smart Growth Plan
The Agricultural Smart Growth Plan recognizes the importance of
agriculture in New Jersey. Productive farmland helps keep municipal
taxes down, increases property values, benefits the environment,
adds to a community’s character, is part of the state’s
heritage, and ensures that New Jersey residents continue to have
access to an abundant supply of locally produced fresh food and
The plan includes five linked components: Farmland Preservation,
Innovative Conservation Planning, Economic Development, Natural
Resource Conservation and Agricultural Industry Sustainability.
These concepts make sense and together provide realistic and practical
approaches to ensuring that as New Jersey continues to grow, its
agriculture industry remains strong.
Smart Growth Tool Kit
“tool kit” of resources to help municipal governments,
businesses, non-profit groups, and local citizens plan to retain
agriculture in their communities along with the many benefits
The user-friendly Tool Kit was developed to assist in achieving
the goals and objectives outlined in the Agricultural Smart Growth
Plan released by the Department in 2003. The plan provides realistic
and practical approaches to ensuring that as New Jersey continues
to grow, its agricultural industry remains strong.