Smart growth means using land, infrastructure and other resources efficiently to grow a city. Encouraging development in cities is the smart thing to do as the denser development typical of cities is better for the environment than suburban sprawl. Smart growth urban development
- Uses land more efficiently
- Jobs and housing are located near to mass transit facilities
- Many neighborhoods are within walking distance of jobs, stores and services
- Multifamily housing buildings are usually more efficient to heat and cool as they have less exposed walls and retain their heat and cold better than detached housing.
“The average single-family detached home consumes 88 percent more electricity than the average apartment in a five-or-more unit building. The average suburban household consumes 27 percent more electricity than the average urban household.” Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City
New Brunswick supports smart growth by:
- Providing a mix of housing types with a variety of affordable and market units in each housing type: single-family, low-rise and high-rise residential;
- Encouraging mixed-use development where housing, jobs and services are in close proximity to each other to encourage less reliance on cars for travel and to make necessary car trips shorter
- Providing alternatives to reliance on cars for travel by funding community shuttle buses, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements
New Brunswick has received a number of “Smarth Growth” awards for development that has taken place in the city.
New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award 2003 -Lower George Street Red evelopment
New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award 2008 – Heldrich Plaza
NJ Plan Smart Regional and Community Planning Award 2011 – Gateway Transit Village
New Brunswick has also obtained “Transit Village” status from the State of New Jersey to encourage denser development near job and transit hubs.