This chapter is about the involvement of the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment (the Center) in a two-year university-based effort to assist six small towns in New Jersey plan for their collective redevelopment in concert with smart growth principles. In the first year of the project, the Center worked in partnership with a steering committee of regional, county, and local municipal officials to collect data; identify specific areas or neighborhoods that might accommodate growth; develop a baseline geographic information system (GIS) build-out model; examine such economic implications of added growth as vehicle trips and employment opportunities; and measure potential impacts of such growth on local educational systems. In the second year of the project, the Center helped the six communities build their decision-making capacity in order to plan for smart growth on a regional scale.
Using a geographic information system (GIS) to help shape redevelopment of small urban centers
C. Danis, L. Solitare, M. Greenberg, and H. Mayer. “Using a geographic information system (GIS) to help shape redevelopment of small urban centers.” in W. Wiewel and G-J Knaap, eds. Partnerships for Smart Growth, Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Land Institute, 2005, 83-94.