By Joshua Burd
Two of the state’s top planning organizations are seeking ideas for discussion topics as they lay the groundwork for a multiday, virtual and in-person conference in early 2022.
The groups, New Jersey Future and the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association, announced recently that they would partner once again to host the New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference. They’re now soliciting proposals for sessions for a program that will take place virtually on March 2 and 3 and in-person on March 4 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.
“The 2022 New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference brings together bold ideas, innovative solutions, proven concepts and best practices for creating stronger, more inclusive and equitable places where people live, work and play,” the organizations wrote in its recent announcement. They added that their conference committee “is not only committed to a diversity of topics and perspectives, but to a diversity of presenters as well.”
“We believe the issues of systemic racism, segregation and our legacy of inequality in land use and redevelopment must be tackled in a direct and proactive manner and we will be creating opportunities to do just that at this conference.”
New Jersey Future and the APA held the first-ever New Jersey Planning and Redevelopment Conference this past June, offering two days of programming, networking and exhibitor stations in one of countless virtual events since the start of the pandemic. With its early March schedule, the conference will take place around the time usually reserved for New Jersey Future’s Redevelopment Forum, which typically draws hundreds of public- and private-sector leaders.