Garden State Greenways can be used to:
- Create or update an open space plan. Garden State
Greenways can be used to establish planning
goals and provide natural resource information
for an open space plan. For information on how to
prepare an open space plan see ANJEC’s resource
- Apply for Green
Acres Planning Incentive (PI) grants. The State
Green Acres program provides grants to counties and
municipalities to acquire parkland. The PI grant requires
an up to date open space plan. Garden State Greenways
can be used to create or update a plan for submission
to Green Acres.
- Apply for a State
Farmland Program Planning Incentive Grant (PIG).
The state farmland program funds farmland preservation.
Garden State Greenways provides information that is
needed to apply to the program.
- Identify, target or prioritize tracts of land for
preservation. Areas of interest can be assessed based
upon a number of natural resource characteristics
using the interactive mapping,
downloadable GIS data, and
the GIS based planning tool
available on this site.
- Provide the regional context to local or muncipal
Open Space Plans. Garden State Greenways provides
maps and visual tools that can be used to facilitate
coordination with neighboring towns.
- Raise awareness
and stimulate discussion about greenways and greenway
partnerships. Garden State Greenways resources and
maps can be used to promote greenway projects and
encourage greenway partners across the state.
Has anyone used Garden State Greenways?
Yes! Maps and GIS data have been shared with Garden
State Preservation Trust, the State Green Acres and
Farmland Preservation Programs, the Office of Smart
Growth, and the Department of Transportation.
Garden State Greenways information has helped to inform
a number of important plans such as the Department of
Environmental Protection's Open Space Master Plan, the
Department of Agriculture's Strategic Mapping for Farmland
Preservation, the State Trails Plan, the State Bicycle
and Pedestrian Master Plan, and the State Development
and Redevelopment Plan.