October 21, 2011
Re: New State Plan
On Wednesday, the Christie Administration unveiled its blueprint for the new State Plan, focused on the utilization of the State’s existing resources to promote economic growth while protecting the State’s natural resources. Titled the “State Strategic Job Growth Plan,” the new plan focuses on economic development while creating a mechanism for integration of the plan amongst the various State agencies.
While this is just the first step in a long, public process, the League is encouraged that the Administration is focused on State government, and proposes no new requirements or mandates on local governments.
The failure of the State’s planning process in the past was rooted in the State’s failure to integrate the plan into the missions of the various state agencies. Local governments have gone through three rounds of cross-acceptance, while respective state agencies never engaged in cross-acceptance and never adopted the plan. Municipalities have often been stymied when different State offices disagreed on approvals, priorities and funding.
A public comment period will precede any formal adoption, including public hearings. In future correspondence we will advise of the dates and locations of these hearings. The League will, of course, advise of any new developments or comments we have on the new plan. In the meanwhile, the draft plan can be viewed online at: http://www.state.nj.us/state/planning/df.html
Questions on this issue can be directed to Mike Cerra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-695-3481 x120.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.