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Working Together to Benefit a Region

  • Local mobility decisions that emphasize the importance of pedestrian and bicycle transportation
  • Economic and community development programs
  • Housing and non-residential development along highway and transit corridors
  • Key road intersection and corridor improvements and improved pedestrian accessibility
  • Linear open space concepts in county and local master plans
  • Improvements to existing recreational facilities, and planning and design of new active recreation facilities and programs

 

Through broad-based public participation and consensus building, a Regional Center can help promote “good neighbor” relations between municipalities by minimizing negative impacts of development on adjacent communities and furthering regional goals. With a shared vision for regional development and redevelopment, governing officials, such as local planning boards, can transcend municipal boundaries to address potentially negative development impacts, improving the quality of life for both businesses and residents.

 

Somerset County Regional Center Projects
The master plan and projects in Somerset County’s Regional Center are rooted in a 1999 visioning initiative that resulted from a five-day

workshop, said Walter Lane, supervising planner with the Somerset County Planning Board. “The master plan has served as a guide for the region as the individual communities with the Regional Center have begun to imbed the plan into their own planning documents,” he said.

 

Strategies within the plan are now being implemented, said Lane, including a $2 million pedestrian bridge over Route 202/206 scheduled for completion this summer that will extend the Peters Brook Greenway. When completed, the bridge will connect the greenway with Clark’s Woods and the Somerset Shopping Center.  Lane said the pedestrian bridge is a critical element in the long-term Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway System identified in the master plan to provide bicycle and pedestrian connections to schools and other important facilities within the three Regional Center communities.

 

With the goal of connecting people and places, the partnership conducted a study to define the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway System and develop a pathway connecting the community centers of Raritan Borough, Somerville, and Bridgewater. The study identified potential bicycle routes, "green corridors," pedestrian-safety hotspots and missing pedestrian linkages; improvements have been proposed to enhance sidewalk,

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