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2017 New Jersey Planning Summit (with Gubernatorial Candidates): Moving Forward In An Uncertain Future

  • Bell Works 101 Crawfords Corner Road Holmdel, NJ, 07733 United States (map)

"The next administration will feel pressured to address issues that contribute to New Jersey’s high tax rate, deteriorating infrastructure, and massive out-migration. With the governor and all 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature up for grabs, we have a unique opportunity to articulate a land use agenda that can addresses NJ’s challenges"

In an interactive “Town Hall” format, PlanSmart NJ has invited each of the gubernatorial candidates to participate in this important event. Following the presentations we will open the floor and engage as a community to discuss what we’ve heard and to collectively offer our ideas and recommendations. Our discussion will be compiled and presented to each of the candidates as a planning and economic blueprint for the future. We look forward to having you join us on Thursday, September 14 to be a part of this conversation.


2:30 – 3:00Registration
 3:15 – 3:30
Ralph Zucker: President, Somerset Development
Stephen O’Connor, Ph.D., PlanSmart NJ Executive Director
 3:30 – 4:00The Republican Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for NJ
 4:00 – 4:15Break
 4:15 – 4:45The Democratic Gubernatorial candidate’s vision for NJ
 4:45 – 5:00Break
  5:00 – 6:00
The PlanSmart Town Hall:

PlanSmart Executive Director Stephen O’Connor will moderate a sixty-minute discussion on the substance of the vision announced by the campaigns. In addition, the audience will hear from, and we will engage with, a panel of experts in planning, transportation, energy and infrastructure, housing, local government, and environmental protection, including:

  • Gene Diaz – Principal Partner, Prism Properties
  • Tim Dillingham – Executive Director, American Littoral Society
  • Devra Goldberg – Canoe Brook Partners
  • James Maley Jr. – Mayor, Collingswood Borough
  • Anthony Marchetta – Executive Director, NJHMFA
  • (Additional panelists may be added)

Audience Participation will be encouraged during this portion of the program
6:15 – 7:30 Reception/Tour

Earlier Event: September 14
ACUA Wind Farm Tour