In their 2009 report, the Balancing Redevelopment and Restoration Subcommittee identified six priorities for balancing economic development with environmental sustainability. Each of these six priorities works to further the goals of balanced redevelopment and restoration.
- Organizational Structure
- Research on Costs & Benefits
- Successful Balanced & Sustainable Models
- Education and Outreach
- Regional Approach with Local Project Areas
- Opportunity for Policy and Regulatory Support
The first priority, organizational structure, deals with establishing a clearinghouse through which to disseminate information to a diversity community of stakeholders, guide and facilitate their collaboration and coordinate various funding sources that will support the effort. Researching costs and benefits of sustainable practices is also essential to realizing these ideals. Ongoing research efforts must identify and support sustainable practices and incorporate environmental amenities and restoration as a part of development activity and business along the river.
Through education and outreach, the Collaborative develops a communications strategy by which to disseminate information about ongoing projects to government, nonprofit, business community stakeholders and the general public. The fifth objective, regional approach, involves developing a regional vision and approach that accounts for differences in the upper and lower river areas, and creating planning efforts that fit with local objectives. The last priority, opportunity for policy and regulatory support, involves seeking opportunities to propose new or amended policy and regulatory provisions that support balanced redevelopment and restoration.
Each of these priorities involve a variety of tasks, objectives, and goals that seek to create an environment along the basin in which economic development and sustainability go hand in hand. These planning objectives recognize that our natural resources are vital to our economy, and encourage citizens to embrace efforts to sustain the river community.
Reports and Links
- White Paper: Balancing Redevelopment and Restoration, 2009. Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, Rutgers University