Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Earlier this year NJTOD.org had the opportunity to interview a number of officials, planners, developers and other professionals at the annual APA-NJ conference. We asked these practitioners for their views on TOD issues in New Jersey and generally and received a wide variety of opinions on the benefits, challenges, characteristics and opportunities offered by TOD.

This week we feature two planners, Leigh Ann Von Hagen and Andrew Lappitt, each of whom live in transit-oriented communities.

Andrew J. Lappitt, AICP, PP is Senior Planner with Sam Schwartz, a leading traffic and transportation planning and engineering firm that uses creative visioning and consensus-building to solve complex traffic and transportation challenges for government, private-sector, not-for-profit and community clients worldwide. Mr. Lappitt is a resident of Rahway, NJ, which was designated a Transit Village in 2002 by the NJ Department of Transportation Transit Village Initiative.

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP is Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and a founder of the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Ms. Von Hagen directs the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Resource Center and the statewide School Crossing Guard Training program. She is a resident of Netcong, NJ, which was designated a Transit Village in 2005 by the NJ Department of Transportation Transit Village Initiative.

Andrew Lappitt, recorded at the 2019 New Jersey Planning Conference.

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, recorded at the 2019 New Jersey Planning Conference.