The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Now Offering District Municipalities
New High-Tech Tools for Zoning, Planning & Disaster Management
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission is offering new management and
planning tools to District municipalities through access to the
Commission's Geographic Information System (GIS).
GIS is a mapping and land information tool which can provide visually
explicit information about a town or selected area. The information that
the Commission is proposing to share will allow local municipalities to
interactively access information for the purposes of zoning, planning, and
"This is about smart growth and smart government," said Susan Bass Levin,
commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and
chairman of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. "The cost of such a
system would be beyond the reach of any one community. Under our
partnership, this state-of-the-art tool for land use planning is available
Through this system various municipal departments including law
enforcement and fire fighters, will be able to combine detailed land
information from images taken by satellite with Census 2000 data and local
municipal contributions and turn these statistics into visual problem
"This is a cost-effective approach to regional and strategic planning.
Extending our facilities to the use of local communities in the
Meadowlands District, and including their input into our GIS development,
insures that the Meadowlands District information is accurate and useful,"
said Robert Ceberio, Acting Executive Director of the New Jersey
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission plans to offer these services to the
municipalities through a Memorandum of Cooperation that will be entered
into by individual municipal governments with the New Jersey Meadowlands
Commission. The Memorandum will establish a program to share, transfer
and promote the exchange of information and expertise among District
municipalities and their planning, zoning, fire department, police and
public safety offices. The result of the collaboration will be additional
data that will be of practical advantage to municipal administrations.
"As a former mayor, I know how invaluable this service will be and
encourage the Meadowlands officials to enter into this partnership with
us," said Commissioner Levin.
The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) has developed the
expanded GIS capabilities, which is a collaboration of the New Jersey
Meadowlands Commission and Rutgers University's Center for Information
Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC).