Registration & Breakfast – 8:00AM – 9:00AM

Session 1 – 9:00AM – 10:30AM

TB1:  Getting the Most out of Redevelopment

Join a panel of our State’s leading practitioners in a discussion of the state of redevelopment and the challenges and trends facing its use.  Topics covered will include the impact of affordable housing mandates and litigation, where the multi-family market is heading, changing retail uses and needs in mixed-use developments, the benefits and pitfalls of non-condemnation redevelopment, setting your redevelopment plan up for flexibility over time (managing the approval process with and without variance relief, amendments and plan changes) and dealing with PILOTs.  Cases, best practices and legislative ideas will be discussed.

  • Robert S. Goldsmith, Esquire, Chair of Redevelopment & Land Use, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis
  • Sean McGowan, Esquire, Vice President of Development, Capodagli Property Company/Meridia LLC
  • Stanley Slachetka, AICP/PP, Group Manager, T&M Associates
  • Kevin P. McManimon, Esquire, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC

TC1:  Mount Laurel: A Status Update

Where are we now?  The Supreme Court’s direction that we should have it all resolved in 90 days has turned into something else — a trial that moves sequentially from vicinage to vicinage.  Many municipalities have entered into settlements, and we are now in the midst of a trial in Mercer County.  Hear from the State’s leading advocates on where things stand, where they are headed, the emerging issues in assessment and allocation of need and, now that we have numerous settlements, the road to compliance.

  • Eric Bernstein, Esquire, Eric M. Bernstein & Associates, LLC
  • Kevin D. Walsh, Esquire, Associate Director and Staff Attorney, Fair Share Housing Center
  • Jeffrey R. Surenian, Esquire, Jeffrey R. Surenian & Associates, LLC
  • Robert Kasuba, Esquire, Bisgaier Hoff LLC
  • Henry Kent-Smith, Esquire, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Thomas F. Carroll, III, Esquire, Hill Wallack LLP

TD1    MLUL Reform: Has the Time Finally Come?

APA-NJ recently convened a broad group of stakeholders to assess interest in updating the Municipal Land Use Law – New Jersey’s planning enabling legislation. The session was lively and dynamic and revealed an unexpected enthusiasm among the participants to more fully explore the issue in 2017. Additional sessions are being planned for 2017.  This session will introduce the initiative to the New Jersey planning community, provide a problem statement, discuss the pros and cons of approaches adopted in other places and solicit thoughts and ideas from the participants.

  • Colleen Mahr, Mayor of the Borough of Fanwood, 2nd Vice President, NJ League of Municipalities
  • F. Clifford Gibbons, Esquire, Of Counsel, Dolan and Dolan, PA
  • William F. Harrison, Esquire, Partner, Genova Burns
  • David Fisher, AICP/PP, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, K Hovnanian Homes
  • Carlos Rodrigues FAICP/PP, Design Solutions

TE1:  Getting the Lead Out of Drinking Water: Do Planners have a Role?

Stories related to water infrastructure challenges are now commonplace, national headlines.  With heightened awareness, it is an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts to resolve these age-old challenges facing New Jersey’s older communities.  While engineers play the dominant role in infrastructure planning, planners should not shy away from having a seat at the table.  Using “lead in drinking water” as an example, this session will provide professional planners with scientific data and policy as it relates to water infrastructure; examine the role of data and partnerships; and discuss if and how we can assist our communities and utilities in responding to water infrastructure challenges.

  • Dan Kennedy, PP/AICP, MCRP, Assistant Commissioner, NJDEP
  • Jennifer Feltis Cortese, AICP, Regional Environmental Planner, NJDEP
  • Michael Furrey, President/Owner, Agra Environmental and Laboratory Services; Chair of the American Water Works Association-NJ Section; Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University
  • Jane Rosenblatt, Program Manager, New Jersey Future

TF1:  Working with General Development Plans

This session will provide an overview of the general development plan process and a discussion of its application within the local planning process.  The panel will cover the enabling legislation, crafting a plan and its constituent parts, the nature and scope of a development application,post-approval GDP management including phasing amendments, developer’s agreements, and what to do when the GDP either expires or is “complete”.  The interaction or nesting of GDPs and redevelopment plans will also be discussed.

  • James A. Miller, AICP/PP, J. A. Miller Planning Consultants
  • Richard M. Hluchan, Esquire, Partner, Hyland Levin
  • Robert S. Baranowski, Esquire, Partner, Hyland Levin

TG1:  Access to Opportunity – Connecting Workforce Development and Transportation         

A region’s ability to demonstrate the availability of skilled workers has become an increasingly essential component of a successful economic development strategy. One solution is to create an employer-driven system that supports the growth and attraction of key industries, such as those in the retail, hospitality, and tourism sectors. Facilitating the alignment of priorities and resources is the foundation of this effort. This starts with the identification of specific needs—a call to action—and a careful consideration of potential solutions. Career pathways, training in both “soft” and occupation-specific skills, apprenticeships, and worker re-entry programs are examples of proven strategies. Connecting employers with qualified workers would help reduce hiring and turnover-related costs, making their presence and investment in the region more sustainable. Building on existing relationships and increasing opportunities for collaboration between public and private players, including the Talent Networks, Employer Services, and Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), increases the likelihood of success while keeping the costs of alignment to a minimum. This session will showcase these partnership alignments at work and identify other opportunities for increasing access to opportunity for New Jersey’s labor force.

  • Zenobia Fields, Department Director of Planning, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Sandra Bleckman, Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Talent Network
  • Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director, Bergen Workforce Development Board/North Jersey Partners
  • Krishna Murthy, Executive Director of E-Z Ride/Meadowlink

TH1:  Building Capacity to Advance Science-Informed Resilience Planning 

This session will provide an overview of efforts underway in New Jersey to integrate the latest science about changing environmental and climate conditions to inform regional and local planning and decision-making.  Additionally, the session will highlight tools that have been recently made available to support regional and local resilience planning efforts.

  • Jeanne Herb, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Matthew Campo, Senior Research Specialist, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Lisa Auermuller, Assistant Manager, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 

TI1:  Conservation Lands Blueprint: Mapping Land Priorities for Farms, People, Habitat & Water     

The Conservation Blueprint identifies priority lands for agriculture, ecological quality, and parks throughout New Jersey.  This user-friendly online mapping tool provides important information for land use planning and decision-making.  The tool was developed in 2016 by a 21-member steering committee of government and nonprofit land conservationists led by The Nature Conservancy, NJ Conservation Foundation and Rowan University.  The speakers will introduce this new mapping system and ask the audience for feedback on how to improve the tool and how they may use it in their planning work.  A special feature of the Blueprint is the recognition of lands important to preserve in more developed areas for people’s health and well-being.  Visit the site at

  • Bob Allen, Assistant State Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Laura Szwak, Director, Education & Outreach, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
  • John Hasse, PhD, AICP, Director of Environmental Studies, Rowan University

Session 2 – 10:45AM – 12:15PM

TB2:  Re-Purposing Suburban Office Parks — a Step-by-Step Guide

PlanSmart NJ’s “A Guide to the Future”, released in June 2016, documents the growing problem of abandoned or underutilized suburban office parks and retail centers.  One in three towns across the State has an underutilized property and the number is growing.  Office parks sit on over 7,000 acres of land and retail centers have the equivalent of over 400 football fields of surface parking.  These underutilized properties represent an enormous opportunity to revitalize New Jersey’s suburbs.  There is growing interest in re-purposing these properties, where millions of dollars of infrastructure investments have already been made, for other uses. However, assessing the issues, understanding the regional context, developing a shared vision, revising plans and regulations, and moving toward implementation is proving to be challenging for developers and local officials alike.  This session will provide an overview of the magnitude of the problem and changing demographics and preferences, and highlight the Guide’s step-by-step tool kit for leveraging repurposing efforts to revitalize New Jersey’s suburbs.

  • Carlos Rodrigues FAICP/PP, Design Solutions
  • Todd Poole, President, 4Ward Planning
  • Eric Hinds, Mayor of Holmdel Township
  • Anne Babineau, Esq., Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PA
  • Ann Brady, Executive Director, PlanSmart NJ

TC2:  Achieving Compliance Through Effective Housing Plans

Developing an effective implementation strategy is the key to having an effective housing plan. Using the Housing and Community Development Network’s March 2015 report, “Developing Effective Municipal Housing Plans” as a guide, this workshop session will present a “how to” approach to assist planners with their housing elements and fair share plans.  Participants will hear from expert planners who have successfully implemented fair share plans, as well as non-profit developers who have partnered with municipalities to design and build attractive homes that are both affordable and in-character with the neighborhoods in which they are built.  The workshop will demonstrate that designing and implementing effective housing plans is not only achievable, but can and does benefit municipalities socially, economically, and aesthetically.

  • Raphael Kasen, Community Planning Specialist, Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey
  • Vito Gallo, AICP/PP, Principal, Housing and Community Development Planning
  • Blair Schleicher Bravo, Chief Executive Officer, Morris Habitat for Humanity
  • Elizabeth McManus, AICP/PP, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Clark Caton Hintz

TD2:  Beyond Compliance: Housing Need & Choice         

The future of affordable housing in New Jersey has been tangled up in the courts for years with no clear end in sight.  While policymakers, far removed from the daily struggles of low-income residents, work their way through this political stalemate many low and moderate-income residents struggle to find decent housing near job opportunities.  The state has focused so heavily on COAH that the more important issue of providing housing at a variety of price points and in the right locations is being overlooked.  New Jersey’s failure to plan for and provide housing at the right price is encouraging outmigration and affecting the economy.  The panel will discuss how the world has changed since the Mt. Laurel decision and the creation of COAH, the need to create policy to meet changing housing demands, and how we should plan for housing moving forward.  New Jersey cannot afford to wait for the court’s decisions.  We must begin to plan for and provide a variety of housing choices for all New Jerseyans, including the middle class.

  • Honorable Peter A. Buchsbaum, J.S.C. (Ret.)
  • Maureen Hassett, Senior Vice President of Governance, Communications and Strategic Initiatives, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Dr. James W. Hughes, Distinguished Professor and Dean, The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Charles Latini Jr., AICP/PP, President, American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter, L&G Planning
  • David N. Kinsey, PhD, FAICP/PP, Kinsey & Hand Planning and Princeton University

TE2:  UNBUILDING: Green Infrastructure in Redevelopment Planning         

Redevelopment offers an opportunity to reintroduce environmental systems to compromised places. Topics include brownfield sites, flood plains, superfund sites, and outdated or abandoned development patterns. Case studies will be drawn from academic projects and best practices. Towns, cities and sites in each of NJ’s geographies will be featured.

  • Susan Pikaart Bristol, AIA, PP, LEED AP, SPB Architecture LLC & Adjunct Professor at NJIT School of Architecture
  • Frank Gallagher, Ph.D., Rutgers, Department of Landscape Architecture, Director of the Environmental Planning and Design Program
  • Georgeen Theodore, R.A., Interboro, Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and the Director of the Infrastructure Planning Program

TF2:  Fiscal Impact Analysis: New Methods, New Data and Best Practices   

Fiscal impact analysis has not advanced significantly from the framework of the 1978 Fiscal Impact Handbook. This session provides practitioners’ and researchers’ experience in reconceiving and reimagining fiscal impact and the new ability to develop better localized data from the annually released ACS-PUMS data. It will discuss methodological improvements and best practice. It will introduce a method called “reverse” fiscal impact analysis used to evaluate buy-outs and acquisition proposals as part of resiliency planning in disaster prone area.

  • Steven L. Nelson, AICP, Senior Advisor, Econsult Solutions
  • Peter Angelides, PhD, AICP, Principal, Econsult Solutions
  • Sidney Wong, PhD, AICP, Project Leader, Community Data Analytics, Econsult Solutions
  • Charles Heydt, AICP/PP, Senior Planner, Dresdner Robin

TG2:  Batman vs Superman: Land Use vs Transportation Planning   

Where do our planning fields intersect and diverge, and how we could work more closely together to develop sustainable communities? What lenses do different planning disciplines use when approaching community needs and opportunities, and when might one perspective have an advantage over the other? Participate in a lively moderated discussion and bring your thoughts and questions.

  • Lois Goldman, AICP/PP, Regional Planning Director, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Gordon Meth, PE, PP, PTOE, PTP, Traffic Engineering Director, NV5
  • Michele Alonso, AICP/PP, Director of Planning and Redevelopment, City of Asbury Park
  • G. Sue Dziamara, AICP/PP, CPM, Hunterdon County Planning Board Director
  • Vivian Baker, Director, Intermodal & Agency Coordination, NJ Transit 

TH2:  Shifting Shores: Planning for Sea Level Rise

In an era of climate change, there is a need to strategically modify the built environment to adapt to its consequences. Many communities along New Jersey’s coast and waterways are aware of the threats posed by stronger and more frequent storms. Few communities are thinking about the silent, imminent threat of rising seas. As sea levels rise and communities are faced with tough choices, do we have the right tools to tackle this challenge? Are we asking the right questions and most importantly, how can we equip those in decision-making positions to make the right choices when it comes to adapting their communities to these changes?

  • Lucrecia Montemayor, Associate Planner, Regional Plan Association
  • Bennett Brooks, Senior Mediator, Consensus Building Institute
  • Alexis Taylor, NJDEP
  • Dina Long, Mayor, Borough of Sea Bright
  • Mary Ellen Lyons, Superintendent of Public Works, Borough of Moonachie & Township of South Hackensack

TI2:  Preserving Farms through TDR

This session will describe Woolwich Township’s successful efforts to preserve farmland and open space through implementation of a TDR program with the assistance of the TDR Bank and SADC staff.  It will discuss the establishment of the sending and receiving areas and the reverse auction conducted by the Township.

  • William F. Harrison, Esquire, Chair, Environmental Law & Land Use, Genova Burns
  • J. Timothy Kernan, PE, PP CME, Principal Associate, Maser Consulting PA
  • Matt Blake, Director of Community Development, Woolwich Township
  • Susan E. Payne, Executive Director, State Agricultural Development Committee

Luncheon & “What’s Next for NJ” – 12:30PM – 2:15PM


2017 marks a gubernatorial election year for our state. Hear from three of the candidates who have officially launched their campaigns to be New Jersey’s next governor as they share their vision for issues important to the planning community: What sectors are primed for growth in New Jersey’s economy over the next 10 years? Do they see a role for a State Development and Redevelopment Plan? How will the state prioritize its resources, including those from the new gas tax, when investing in transportation infrastructure? How does transit – within the state and into New York City – factor into this? How would their administrations address the state’s affordable housing need and more…  This is your time to hear directly from the candidates.

Session 3 – 2:30PM – 4:00PM

TB3:  Financing and Incentive Programs in Redevelopment Areas     

This session will introduce Planners, Developers and related parties interested in redevelopment projects to an array of financing options including:  Urban Enterprise Zones, Statewide Loan Pool Business, State Small Business Credit Initiative; Bond Financing; and Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC).

  • Carmelo Garcia, Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation
  • Judith Thompson-Morris, Senior Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Tony Lyons, Vice President of Acquisitions, National Equity Fund, Inc.
  • Leslie Anderson, Executive Director, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority
  • Donald Sammet, AICP/PP, Westfield Planning Director

TC3:  Leveraging Partnerships to Develop Affordable Housing

As municipalities and developers seek to develop additional affordable housing units, the traditional sources of revenue have disappeared.  Hear from experts who have leveraged other resources to develop new affordable housing and rehab existing units. This session will review actual joint ventures with private and public entities, explain the pros and cons of partnering, and provide attendees with the tools to determine who would be their best partner.

  • Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency
  • Donna Blaze, Chief Executive Officer, Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Ginger Dawson, Vice President, Michaels Development Company
  • Walter D. McNeil, Jr., Ph.D. Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Orange
  • Jim Valle, President, Homes for All

TD3:  Celebrating 50 Years: Looking Back & Forward for the Bloustein Planning Program         

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is celebrating the 50th year of its Urban Planning and Policy Development program.  Faculty members will give presentations assessing where the program stands now, how it evolved and changed, and where it might be going.  Dean James W. Hughes will give an overview of the current status of the program.  Associate Research Professor Stuart Meck will give a look back 25 years with a highly entertaining speech by the late Professor Donald Krueckeberg.  Current and former program chairs, Associate Professor Lyna Wiggins, and Professors Robert Burchell, Clinton J. Andrews, and Hooshang Amirahmadi will give their perspectives on how the program changed during their tenures.  Panelists will also reflect on how the planning profession has evolved over 50 years, expanding the breadth of what planning constitutes and how that affects Rutgers and other planning programs.

TE3:  Coordinating Responses to Health Issues Through Planning    

In the fall of 2016, the Department of Health’s first Population Health Summit created an opportunity to coordinate responses to health issues and identify a broad array of programs that contribute to improved health conditions. Participants in the Summit discussed how to improve health in all policies, including state parks and recreation areas, Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, Breakfast in the Classroom, farmer’s markets and supplemental nutrition programs. This session will highlight outcomes from the Summit, goals of the newly formed Population Health Action Team, and will profile how specific health outcomes are being included in Complete Streets and other policies. Presenters will also discuss how Health Impact Assessments are being used to bring health outcomes into planning and decision-making on the state, regional and local levels. Panelists will lead an interactive discussion about how to build considerations of health into planning and state policies including regulations, infrastructure investment decisions (transportation, energy, water and wastewater) and overall investment of public dollars for economic development with the goal of creating healthy communities and improving health outcomes.

  • Colette Lamothe-Galette, Director, Population Health Division, NJ Department of Health
  • Jeanne Herb, Associate Director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
  • Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocate, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Senior Research Manager, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

TF3:  Tech Tools for Planning – An Expo       

This session will provide a showcase of planning resources and tools, including:  American FactFinder; the NJTPA’s Planning Recommendation Integration Management Engine interactive database system(PRIME); Freight Activity Locator; Small Area Land Use Impact Tool (SALUIT), public engagement tools and county profiles.

  • Zenobia Fields, NJTPA, Department Director of Planning
  • David Kraiker, US Census, NY Regional Office, Geographic Coordinator
  • Kaitlynn Davis, NJTPA, Senior Analyst
  • Jakub Rowinski, NJTPA, Special Projects Manager, Freight
  • Miriam Salerno, VTC Rutgers-Bloustein, Senior Outreach Specialist

TG3:  Leadership in Multimodal Mobility, Safety & Transportation Planning

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is a national leader in multimodal mobility and safety, driven by the Department’s long-standing pedestrian and bicycle planning assistance programs. This session will present an overview of New Jersey’s innovative and effective efforts to create economically vibrant, healthy, and sustainable communities, including statewide planning; design; local assistance and education.

  • Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP, New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocate and Safe Routes to School Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation, Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
  • Peter F. Kremer, AICP/PP, WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Susan G. Blickstein AICP/PP, PhD, Principal, Susan G. Blickstein
  • Bettina Zimny, AICP/PP, Director of Planning, The RBA Group
  • Ranjit Walia, AICP/PP, Principal, Civic Eye Collaborative

TH3:  Reshaping Coastal Development in Response to Risk     

Increasingly severe and frequent storms, rising sea levels and subsiding coastlines underscore the compelling need to recast regulations, rethink existing development patterns and fundamentally reshape coastal growth boundaries. This session will review the NJDEP’s objective to create a program to develop a replicable planning process that uses future risk and vulnerability as the defining principles of forward-looking coastal protection regulations that are intended to reform New Jersey’s coastal management areas. The session will provide a description of coastal development criteria and evaluation procedures that are being used to perform a detailed assessment of risks associated with exposure to future flood inundation in tidally affected areas, and methods used to evaluate development and redevelopment suitability in coastal areas throughout New Jersey. The presentation will cover alternative development scenarios and implementation strategies developed for three coastal pilot communities – Little Egg Harbor Township, Tuckerton Borough and Toms River Township – specifically designed to shift development from areas at risk of inundation from sea level rise and flood hazards and describe the communities’ response.  It will also describe how NJDEP will use the outcomes of this project to shape future risk-based coastal planning.

  • Elizabeth Semple, Manager of the Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning, NJDEP
  • Christiana Pollack, GIS Specialist, Princeton Hydro
  • Chris Testa, Hazard Mitigation Unit Manager, NJOEM
  • Leah Yasenchak, BRS, Inc.
  • David Kutner, AICP/PP, Planning Manager, NJ Future

TI3:  Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure: A Team Approach in Newton    

A notable challenge to consider as today’s planners make sure our communities, towns, and cities are sound for the future is stormwater. Green infrastructure is a solution that mitigates the negative impacts of impervious surfaces by capturing stormwater in ways that use or mimic the natural water cycle and provide powerful co-benefits. Yet, in order to bring green infrastructure fully to the mainstream, critical planning steps must be taken to ensure that installations are put in the ground. In this session, you will hear the story of Newton’s work to mainstream green infrastructure, and its team approach. Newton’s mayor and professional staff will share Newton’s economic, social and water-related goals and interests; planning efforts, including master plan and stormwater ordinance improvements; and lessons learned along the way.

  • Louise Wilson, Green Infrastructure Manager, New Jersey Future
  • Sandy Diglio, Mayor of Newton
  • Jessica Caldwell, Town Planner, J. Caldwell & Associates, LLC
  • David Simmons, Town Engineer, Harold E. Pellow & Associates
  • Michael Sullivan, ASLA, AICP, Clarke Caton Hintz

Reception – 4:00PM – 5:30PM