Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter
Welcome to Volume 3, Issue 2 of Transit-Friendly Development, a newsletter designed to keep municipal officials, planners and advocates up-to-date on the potential for development and redevelopment around transit stations. This joint effort between NJ TRANSIT and the Bloustein Schoolís Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University aims to enrich the transit-oriented development (TOD) conversation in New Jerseyís diverse communities by highlighting what is happening in the state and around the country: best practices, model programs, legislation and local problem-solving experiences.
July 2007
Volume 3, Number 2

The theme of this issue is brownfield redevelopment and TOD. The US EPA defines brownfields as real property where expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. These properties exist throughout the state and the nation. They are often located near rail and, thus, are potential candidates for TOD. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties can allow communities to grow in ways that make the most of existing infrastructure, including transit.

We hope local leaders and the public find these articles of value as all of us strive to create livable, sustainable and thriving communities.

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This Issue's Focus: NJ Brownfield Redevelopment

Today sites that were once home to industry are being cleaned and restored throughout New Jersey. Since the 1970s the state has been working to create a legislative climate that allows redevelopment of these properties to take place. These efforts were strengthened in 1998 by The Brownfield and Contaminated Site Remediation Act which has allowed communities to redevelop formerly fallow property into economically vibrant retail and office space, recreation areas and residential neighborhoods.

Brownfield Resources and Outlook

Legislation has made the cleanup of problem sites all over the state and especially near rail stations possible and has enabled redevelopment of formerly unusable property. This legislation is bolstered by an extensive state-sponsored support system that encourages and assists municipalities and developers with assessment, acquisition and financing for the remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

  Recommended Reading

See our reviews of recent publications about TOD and brownfield redevelopment.

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