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Sustainable Economic Development Plan
Release Date: October 15, 2012

October 16, 2012
 
 
Sustainable Economic Development Plan
 
On March 27, 2012 the Township of Mahwah received approval from the New Jersey Highlands Council to proceed forward with a $20,000 grant to complete a Sustainable Economic Development Plan.  An Economic Development Plan is one of the optional elements within a Master Plan, which can be broadly described as a plan with efforts and activities aimed at increasing the local tax base, providing new employment opportunities and improving the overall economic and social sustainability of a community. 
 
Sustainable economic development is described by the New Jersey Highlands Council as maintaining and expanding the existing job and economic base by promoting appropriate, sustainable and environmentally compatible economic development.  According to the Highlands Council’s Regional Master Plan, the objective of a Sustainable Economic Development Plan is to ensure long-term, sustainable economic viability, not short-term economic activity.  Thus economic growth should be accommo¬dated in a manner that takes careful advantage of the unique and valuable built and natural resources of the Township.  This is an important concept in a municipality with more than 7,600 acres of County and State parkland, 20 historical homes and structures, three archeological/prehistoric sites and two historic districts.  The challenge is finding the balance between capitalizing upon and protecting these community assets. 
 
The project will consist of four phases.  The first phase is primarily background research on existing economic conditions within Mahwah.  The second phase involves public outreach.  Maser Consulting has crafted two surveys, a business owner and customer survey, to gather valuable information from the public.  The information obtained through the surveys will be used in formulating the final document.  Both surveys are presently posted on the Township’s website www.mahwahtwp.org .  The third phase will be a public workshop, which will be held this fall.  The last phase will be the creation of a draft Sustainable Economic Development Plan. Please note that the cut off date to complete the either survey is October 22, 2012.

To take the Customer Survey click here.
To take the Business Owner Survey click here.
 
A public workshop was held on October 11, 2012 at 7pm. Click here for copy of workshop presentation.
 
William Laforet, Mayor
Township of Mahwah





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