Issue: 21                                     Government Services                                          2016


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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters provide updates on recent transportation-related projects and accomplishments, regional transportation news, and major construction activity in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!



New Sustainable Jersey Actions!

This January, Sustainable Jersey updated its Actions with a renewed emphasis on health, equity, and complete streets implementation. The original "Complete Streets Program" Action has been replaced with two new Actions: "Adopt a Complete Streets Policy" and "Institute Complete Streets." The original action will expire on December 31, 2016, but municipalities are already eligible to apply for certification under the new actions. Municipalities are encouraged to apply under the new actions, since they are worth a potential 5 additional Sustainable Jersey points as opposed to the original "Complete Streets Program" Action, worth 20 points.


Adopt a Complete Street Policy Action - 10 Points

The updated "Adopt a Complete Streets Policy" Action provides detailed guidance on newly required elements, which include recognizing the broad potential benefits of complete streets, including the multiple positive health impacts. The basic steps to gain points for the Adopt a Complete Streets Policy Action are: 1) The governing body must adopt a Complete Streets Policy within 3.5 years of the June deadline and 2) The adopted Complete Streets Policy must follow Sustainable Jersey's guidelines of "What to Include in a Complete Streets Policy." These guidelines are clearly detailed by Sustainable Jersey in the Action, and include: 

  • a statement of intent to plan, design, build, and maintain all roads to meet the needs of all users 
  • specifying that all users includes pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicle users, and motorists of all ages and abilities (freight users, especially loading zone regulations for delivery drivers, should also be considered in busy downtown corridors, and for designated truck routes) 
  • a commitment to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected, multi-modal transportation network within the community 
  • recognition of the need for flexibility among different street contexts 
  • applying the policy to both new and retrofitted projects, including design, planning construction, maintenance, and operations for the entire right of way, with exceptions contingent on specific safety concerns and following an explicit and understandable administrative process and 
  • including specific language about potential benefits of complete streets. Further details are available in the text of the Sustainable Jersey Action                                                                     


Institute Complete Streets Action - Variable: 10 or 15 Points

The new "Institute Complete Streets" Action specifies steps municipalities must take to institute their Complete Streets policy, including "updating plans, policies, and procedures, codes and ordinances." According to Sustainable Jersey, "The purpose of instituting Complete Streets is to ensure that municipalities advance policy into action." This Action emphasizes the importance of implementation for effective Complete Streets policies, and many municipalities may be eligible to apply for points under this action for recently installed Complete Streets projects. Municipalities are required to establish internal review procedures to ensure all governmental departments, including project managers, engineers, and consultants are following a thorough Complete Streets checklist throughout all street improvement projects, including planning, designing, and construction phases, to ensure that concepts and designs are in adherence with the Complete Streets policy. Requirements for these detailed project checklists are described in the "Institute Complete Streets" Action. Training to build institutional capacity, communication, and monitoring is an additional required step that ensures municipal staff has a thorough understanding of what is required and a commitment to implementing Complete Streets. Sustainable Jersey specifies that training should be provided to "elected officials, municipal employees, including engineers, public works employees, public health professionals, and planning and zoning officials."

Also required for the "Institute Complete Streets" action is the inventory and review of municipal planning and design documents. This step consists of an audit of existing plans, policies, ordinances, procedures, and other guidance documents to ensure they are consistent with the Complete Streets Policy and actively encourage its thorough and timely implementation. Examples of such documents include the Master Plan, Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, Circulation Element, project selection criteria, and design guidelines. According to Sustainable Jersey, ordinances may be updated to include requirements for sidewalks, bicycle parking, bicycle lanes or side paths, street trees or landscaping, to allow shared parking and higher densities near transit, for road diets on dangerous, high-speed, multi-lane arterials with bordering high-density land uses, or to limit driveways, curb cuts, and cul-de-sacs. All of the above ordinance provisions taken in concert encourage a safe and pleasant environment for walking, bicycling, and public transit use, and studies have shown many of these steps encourage higher property values and retail sales.


There are five Sustainable Jersey points available for initiating a Complete Streets pilot project or demonstrating the completion of a complete streets project within the past 3 years. Sustainable Jersey suggests that temporary or pilot projects can be a good starting place for complete streets implementation because they are relatively simple and inexpensive to implement. Good pilot projects address all modes of transit (bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and ADA) and could include: traffic calming, new or improved sidewalks, reduced conflicts between vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists at crosswalks, narrowed or reduced travel lanes (road diets), bike lanes & convenient bicycle parking, improved transit stops and ADA accessibility.


Application Process and Technical Assistance

Cross County Connection's technical staff can provide assistance in adopting a Complete Streets policy or implementing complete streets actions toward Sustainable Jersey certification. Visit Cross County Connection's Complete Streets Webpage to learn more and to download Cross County Connection's report Complete Streets in South Jersey Lessons Learned for further guidance and information about Complete Streets implementation and inspiration for potential pilot projects.

Cross County Connection provides technical assistance including Complete Streets project development, municipal Complete Streets document and ordinance review, and Complete Street policy development. If you are considering Sustainable Jersey certification, or are up for Sustainable Jersey recertification, contact Cross County Connection to help you get certified today!



$2.3 M in New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Funding

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Community Forestry program recently announced the release of $2.3 million dollars in grant funding. The funding is available in the form of two different grants:


The 2016 Community Stewardship Inventive Program Grant provides funding to the following three municipal tree projects:

  • Tree resilience planning
  • Tree hazard mitigation activities and reforestation
  • Tree planting projects

The grant application deadline is April 12, 2016. For more information, or to download the 2016 CSIP grant application please click here.


The Green Community Grant is intended for communities that require assistance in creating a Community Forestry Management Plan (CFMP). This grant is offered yearly for municipalities and counties. Grants are currently up to $3,000 with a 100% match. Click here for more information or to view the application. 



Earth Day and Environmental Education Week

With spring quickly approaching, now is the time to start looking into getting involved in Earth Day and Environmental Education Week activities. Earth Day is Friday, April 22, however Earth Day events are held throughout the months of April and May. Last year, Earth Day NJ featured over 105 public events including fairs, clean-ups, trail work, tree plantings, and other public environmental celebrations. Environmental Education week falls the week of April 17-23. Showcase your school's programs, descriptions of the lessons, and projects that students are doing to celebrate the week on the Earth Day - New Jersey website.

The Earth Day - New Jersey website (administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) attracts more than 40,000 visitors between the months of April and May. The website contains resources including:

  • History of Earth Day and Environmental Week
  • School programs listing
  • Suggestions to participate and get involved
  • Events calendar

The website is a promotional tool and can be used by media, volunteers, scouts, youth groups, companies, municipal leaders, families and other individuals. For more information, or to find events and programs in your area, visit  



Upcoming Webinars (Free!)

Sustainable Jersey's Re-vAMPed Municipal Energy Actions
Sustainable Jersey
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm



South Jersey News Flash

Philly Named 9th-Best City for Public Transit | February 25, 2016

Shuttle Bus Success Brings Hope to Spread Public Transit | February 14, 2016

Ridership Has Doubled on N.J. Cross County Bus and 1 Stop is Booming | February 12, 2016

Mantua and Paulsboro Receive New Buses for Senior and Disabled Transportation | February 12, 2016

Improvements Made to Non-Emergency Medical Transportation System | February 03, 2016

Miles of Pedestrian Trails Coming to South Jersey 
Courier-Post | January 28, 2016

In New Jersey Cities, More Transportation Options Can Aid Equitable Growth 
Tri-State Transportation Campaign | January 26, 2016

Are Road Diets the Next Big Thing for U.S. Cities? | January 22, 2016



Cross County Connection's Mission: To improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation solutions.


About Us: Cross County Connection, a nonprofit organization, partners with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), member organizations and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, to provide solutions to complex transportation problems for counties, municipalities and employers in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. 


This Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association publication is funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The U.S. Government and NJTPA assume no liability for the contents.