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Planning Board Receives Economic Vitality Award

For Supporting Vibrant and Thriving Communities

Post Date:01/07/2019 1:31 PM

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher proudly announces that the county’s Planning Board (SCPB) has received an Economic Vitality Award from the Somerset County Business Partnership. The SCPB was honored for its expertise in planning endeavors that have helped make the county one of the most prosperous in the nation.

“Our Planning Board is often cited as a model of planning excellence,” said Freeholder Gallagher. “They have been noted as an award-winning leader throughout the state of New Jersey because of their successful implementation of highly innovative projects that have supported progressive and viable development and preserved vast amounts of open space and active farmland.” 

Specifically, the SCPB was honored for its Supporting Priority Investment project – a multi-phase regional plan that has supported local smart growth, land preservation, economic revitalization and resiliency in the county’s communities.

Other effective and noteworthy SCPB initiatives include the Somerset County Preservation Plan, the revised Housing Element – part of the County Master Plan – the Suburban Disadvantage Report and the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan – all of which have helped foster Somerset County’s growing economy and thriving businesses.

Under the direction of Planning Board Chairman Bernard Navatto Jr., and Planning Director Walter Lane, the SCBP has accomplished these projects through collaborative relationships with other entities including Somerset County municipalities, the Somerset County Business Partnership, Rutgers University and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, as well as state and regional agencies and numerous public- and private-sector partners.

The SCBP’s efforts have resulted in the preservation of Somerset County’s rural heritage and scenic vistas, vibrant communities and a growing economy.

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