The Regional Center

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Benefits of the Regional Center...

Provides leadership, technical support, and assistance to the county and three municipalities to shape planning policies that ensure that the Somerset County Regional Center continues to be the premier location in Somerset County to live, work and recreate.  Focusing development, redevelopment, and investment in the Regional Center, allows the open spaces and farms that provide Somerset County its unique character and charm to be protected and preserved.

The Regional Center designation expedites the achievement of municipal and regional policy and planning objectives in critical areas of growth. The RC guides development and redevelopment efforts in the three municipalities by providing funding priorities for land use studies and initiatives that provide the proper planning for future efforts.

Through broad-based public participation and consensus building, the Somerset County Regional Center has created an environment where sharing certain common threads is as natural to communities as is home rule. Coordinated planning saves governments money and facilitates the process of being a good neighbor and minimizing the impact of development on neighboring communities.

The Regional Center designation entitles businesses and governments in Bridgewater, Raritan, and Somerville to receive a higher priority for discretionary funding for initiatives that fulfill the intent of the State Master Plan. 

Among the areas that have been isolated for these 
funding priorities are:

  • Cooperative planning and design to foster a sense of community
  • An increased responsiveness to and respect for the natural environment
  • Initiatives that facilitate pedestrian movement and community interaction
  • Internal open space and natural linkage enhancements
  • Land use decisions with a neighborhood focus
  • Corridor planning for the interstate highway system
  • Local mobility issues that emphasize the importance of individual methods of transportation, specifically pedestrian and bicycle
  • Local mobility issues that emphasize the importance of individual methods of transportation, specifically pedestrian and bicycle
  • Enhancement of historic resources
  • Necessary infrastructure to make housing available in all price ranges
  • Economic and community development programs
  • New infill development opportunities
  • Housing and non-residential development along highway and mass transit corridors
  • Key road intersection and corridor improvements and improved pedestrian accessibility
  • Linear open space concepts in county and local master plans
  • Clean-up of contaminated sites
  • Improvements to existing recreational facilities and planning and design of new active recreation facilities and programs
  • Passive open space acquisitions
  • Replacement of deteriorating infrastructure such as sewer and water lines

The Regional Center Designation Report