Tuesday, June 25, 2024
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The Importance of Public Involvement in TOD Planning

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’s video features Tom Schulze. Mr. Schulze is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Community Planning, a non-profit community planning group providing planning services to communities throughout New Jersey.

Mr. Schulze has worked in city planning for nearly 40 years, having recently retired as Senior Director for Capital Planning at NJ TRANSIT. He also directed the Community Planning Assistance Program for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association. Prior to working for NJ TRANSIT, he was the Executive Director of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) in New York City. Over his career, Mr. Schulze worked for local and regional governments, including the City of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and NJ TRANSIT, where he was lead planner for the creation of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line.  He also worked in the private sector and consulted for local community development corporations and non-profit housing development groups in and around Newark, NJ.

Tom Schulze, recorded at the 2019 New Jersey Planning Conference

Mr. Schultze discusses the importance of public involvement in planning transit-oriented development.