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Monday
Jan162012

New Jersey State Strategic Plan

The State of New Jersey Has a Plan ...
For Your Town, Your Home, Your Car, and Your Life.
(Shouldn't They Have Told You?) 

The State of New Jersey has released a Draft Final State Strategic Plan: New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan. (PDF)  Draft Final means that the Government of New Jersey means to do it, is ready to do it, and if someone doesn't stand up and stop them right now they jolly well will do it, and the citizens of New Jersey will be expected to meekly, gamely, and forever hold their collective peace.  And it would be very bad news if they did it.

This plan claims in one sentence to respect local preferences (Home Rule) and a few sentences later details how and why local preferences must and will be subordinated to the greater good.  It was written for "stakeholders" including developers, governments, environmentalists, transit planners, and "community development experts."  The residents, voters, citizens and homeowners of New Jersey are barely mentioned.  And how else could it be, when Development and Redeveopment plan was shaped under the influence of ICLEI and Agenda 21?

While the press has ignored this government power grab in favor of self-destructive movie stars and destroying those football players that have not destroyed themselves, a small group of watchful citizens is committing their own hours, evenings, and days to protecting our freedom by monitoring and analyzing this power grab.  These include Tea Party groups across the country.  Read their work and support them, with your voice in the public forum, your votes, your money, and, if you possibly can, your time, effort, and skills.  Tell your friends, your neighbors, and your colleagues at work.

We must draw the line.  Then we must hold the line.  We must stop the darkness rolling in, then we must roll back the night.  We already have some victories: Monmouth and Somerset counties have withrawn from ICLEI, and heads are turning across the country.

And There's a Lot Wrong With It

Findings on the NJ Redevlopment Plan (pdf)

A Citizen's View of the NJ State Draft Development Plan (pdf)

They Have To Give You A Chance To Speak (But Do They Tell You About It?)

This (Re)Development Plan will haunt Garden State citizens for decades, maybe forever.  It ought to be discussed on every news program and on the second page of every newspaper.  It's not.  But there are public hearings scheduled.  If they are to be anything more than rubber stamps, those who would like to be heard must be there, must speak, must get the attention of the people running the meeting by clear and forceful argument and by strong and disciplined emotion, and must—or should—win the approval of other member of the public at the meeting. Click here for the official meeting schedule.

Public Hearings, Locations, and Directions:
The State Planning Commission will convene six public hearings as follows:
February 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m
 (Presentation 7:00 p.m.)
Richard Stockton College,
Campus Center Theatre,
101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
(Directions)
February 16, 2012 at  6:00 p.m
 (Presentation 7:00 p.m.)
Offices of Government Service,
Gloucester County Clayton Complex, Building A,
1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ 08312
(Directions)
February 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m
 (Presentation, 7:00 p.m.)
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority,
One Newark Center, 17th Floor, NJTPA Conference Room,
Newark, NJ 07102
(Directions)
February 27, 2012 at  6:00 p.m
 (Presentation, 7:00 p.m.)
Frelinghuysen Arboretum,
Haggerty Center,
353 East Hanover Avenue,
Morris Township, NJ 07962
(Directions)
February 28, 2012 at  6:00 p.m
 (Presentation, 7:00 p.m.)
Monmouth University,
Bey Hall,
400 Cedar Avenue,
West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898
(Directions)
March 1, 2012 at  6:00 p.m
 (Presentation, 7:00 p.m.)
Rutgers University EcoComplex,
1200 Florence Columbus Road,
Bordentown, NJ 08505
(Directions)

In the event of inclement weather resulting in a canceled hearing, the following date(s) have been reserved:

March 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Rutgers University,
Civic Square Building,
Collage Avenue Campus,
Special Events Forum Room,
33 Livingston Avenue,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
March 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. State House Annex, Committee Room 1,
125 West State Street,
Trenton, NJ 08625.

In addition:

Written comments to the State Planning Commission via the Office for Planning Advocacy regarding the draft final State Development and Redevelopment Plan and the draft Infrastructure Needs Assessment at any time up to 30 days after the last public hearing is conducted, N.J.A.C. 5:85-5.2. Submission of written comments may also be directed to the State Planning Commission at osg_ed@sos.state.nj.us. [...]

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office at 609-292-7156.