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Planning Board Earns Government Innovation Award

Post Date:07/12/2016 3:09 PM

The  Somerset County Planning Board recently received recognition by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative in the Government Innovation Category for the Somerset County Green Leadership Hub.
“We are very proud of our Planning Board for receiving this prestigious award, which is given to government entities whose actions protect the Raritan River and promote sustainability and resilience through actions and education,” said Freeholder Director Patricia Walsh. “The Planning Board’s forward-thinking, successful partnerships and resourcefulness in obtaining grant funding keeps us ahead of the curve and enhances the quality of life of our residents.”

Freeholder Walsh championed the formation of the Hub in 2013, which is comprised of subject-matter experts and experienced Planning Board staff.  She was instrumental in sharing with municipalities the benefits of their investments in sustainability initiatives.

Planning Board Director Walter Lane and Principal Planner / Hub Coordinator Tara Kenyon accepted the award on behalf of the Planning Board and Hub members.

The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative is a joint program of Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Environmental and Biological Science. It works with various stakeholders around the Raritan Basin and Bay to balance social, economic and environmental objectives towards the common goal of restoring the Raritan River, its tributaries and its estuary for current and future generations. 

For more information about the award and the Hub, contact Tara Kenyon at (908) 231-7021 or  To learn more about the Somerset County Planning Board, visit

Somerset County received  Planning Achievement Awards from the New Jersey Planning Officials in 1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2012 and 2014 for projects ranging from the “Somerset County Regional Center Vision Initiative” to  the “Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County Initiative.”  The Board also was recognized by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2011 for the “Making Connections: Somerset County Circulation Plan Update” and in 2014 for the “Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County Initiative.” 

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