Study: New Jersey Could Reach 'Build-Out' In 50 Years Or Less

<p>New report shows about 15,000 acres are lost to development each year in the Garden State. Much of the development has occurred within the coastal counties.</p>
June 4, 2007, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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Researchers from Rowan University and Rutgers University have determined that in the last 10 years, about 106,000 open acres have been developed, roughly the same amount that was developed from 1986 to 1985.

"'In spite of "smart growth" and in spite of open space preservation, development pressure does not slow down,' said John Hasse, an associate professor of geography at Rowan University and one of the authors of the report. Hasse also said because the state is facing the inevitable full build-out, possibly within the next 50 years, the state should look to limit wasteful development and focus energy on responsible growth."

"The study, however, did not look at whether more acres would have been developed if land tagged for development had not been preserved by things such as the Garden State Preservation Trust, which provides communities key funding to acquire open space and farmland and preserve historic sites."

Thanks to Deb Woodell

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Published on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 in Courier-Post
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