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Land Use and Transportation Plan


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The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has initiated a process with Warren County planners and community residents to develop a coordinated land use and transportation plan for the 21 mile Route 57 corridor between Phillipsburg and Hackettstown.

The study area includes the eight municipalities that border Route 57: Phillipsburg, Lopatcong Township, Greenwich Township, Franklin Township, Washington Township, Washington Borough, Mansfield Township, and Hackettstown, all located in Warren County. Due to the proximity of Route 57 to Washington Township in Morris County, representatives from that municipality are also participating in the plan.

It is of particular importance to note that the study area is not simply the roadway portion of Route 57, but includes the surrounding land uses, which are an integral part in maintaining the current rural character of the area.

NJDOT is taking a proactive approach to ensure the long-term effectiveness of Route 57 as a two-lane rural road by coordinating plans and funding for land development, preservation, and transportation improvements with local planners and municipalities.

The project is one of several "smart growth" case studies NJDOT is conducting to identify best practices for integrating land use and transportation plans.

Coordinating with the newly formed Highlands Council will be an important part of this effort.

The process will include:

Framework Plans and Design Guidelines January 2006
Implementation Toolkit Workshop March 27, 2006

Public Participation

Community participation is vital to the plan's success. In addition to holding community workshops, NJDOT is inviting residents, business owners, farmers, civic organizations, planning and economic development officials, and local leaders to participate in a Key Stakeholders Advisory Group. Through regular meetings and public workshops, the Advisory Group will guide the study process and help ensure effective outreach to corridor area residents and others with an interest in the plan.

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  Last Updated:  January 18, 2013