The Regional Center




The "Regional Center Vision Initiative,"
held from April 21 to April 25, 1999, was a cooperative project between the County of Somerset, the Regional Center Partnership, and the Regional Plan Association, funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

The Vision Initiative was an intensive five-day workshop that brought together leading planners, architects, urban designers, and landscape architects with transportation and policy experts to develop a comprehensive vision of what the Regional Center could become over the next twenty years. The County and the Partnership developed a broad list of stakeholders including local elected officials, community leaders, corporate leaders, property owners, and the general public to guide and review the work of the workshop participants.

  • The 2002 Strategic Master Plan Issue Report 
    addressed issues affecting the Regional Center and updated the 1999 Vision, presenting opportunities and challenges that were expected to influence the character, quality of life, and business climate in the 21st century. Through intensive public participation and review of activities in the first two years of the Regional Center, the Report addressed changes in attitudes and conditions since the inception of the organization

    2005 Planning Retreat: “Charting an Action Agenda” 
    convened on Saturday, June 11, 2005. The morning-long workshop brought together members of the Partnership with the mayors of Bridgewater, Raritan, and Somerville, and local and county officials and staff to analyze needs and set a course for the future of the Regional Center by determining updated priorities and strategies to ensure that the region continues to remain ahead of the curve.

The model planning process developed a strategy for the future based on consensus-building, municipal and county cooperation, public-private partnership, and local community support.

2015 Visioning Session “Unlocking the 2020 Regional Center Vision; 
On September 24, 2015, the Regional Center Partnership hosted a Visioning Session attended by Somerset County stakeholders to highlight the accomplishments achieved since the 2005 Regional Center Visioning Initiative that led to adoption of the 2006 Regional Center Strategic Master Plan. The goal of the gathering was to define the agenda and prioritize resources for the next five years with focus on how the world has changed since 2006. Broad topics under consideration were Gaps in Transportation Linkages; Gaps in Economic Development; and Gaps in Recreation & Health. 

The results from the 2015 visioning workshop formed the basis for updating and revising the Regional Center Strategic Master Plan in 2016 and 2017.