The Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County Initiative is a multi-year, multi-phase effort to advance and implement the County Investment Framework (CIF) and the Somerset County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The Somerset County Planning Board adopted the both the CIF and the CEDS on April 15, 2014. This initiative supports opportunities for local and regional smart growth, preservation, economic revitalization, and resiliency planning initiatives through tactical alignment of land use, infrastructure and preservation plans, resources, programs, policies and investment decisions, and conveys a clear investment message regarding local and regional land use priorities to both public and private sectors.
The Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County: Phase 1 Study, published in April 2015, developed data resources and measures of need and performance to support the analysis and formulation of development and redevelopment scenarios for all of Priority Growth Investment Areas (PGIAs) identified in the County Investment Framework. The Phase I data resources were subsequently utilized to support and inform the planning analysis in both the Phase II and III studies. This project was funded by a grant from Together North Jersey.
Building on the Phase I Study, the Supporting Priority Investment in Somerset County: Phase II Study was published in July 2015. Phase II was a collaborative process to understand and address local needs, goals, and visions for growth that supports redevelopment opportunities and encourages investment and job creation. The Phase II Study focused on seven Priority Growth Investment Areas (PGIAs) for detailed analysis and development of framework plans. This project was funded by a grant from North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.
The Supporting Priority Investment Areas in Somerset County: Phase III Study was finalized in June 2017, and developed recommendations and framework plans for seventeen Priority Growth Investment Areas (PGIAs) and Local Priority Areas. A community-based planning process was used to engage each of the County’s municipal partners. This project was funded by a grant from North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.