Middlesex County, NJ is in the process of developing their Destination 2040 Strategic Plan, which will help to guide growth and development in the county moving forward. As an early Strategic Plan implementation activity, the Middlesex County Office of Planning, in partnership with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers and the Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) are to complete a technical update to the County’s existing Open Space and Recreation Plan and prepare a comprehensive Cultural Landscape and Ecosystems Service Plan (Landscape Plan).
The Landscape Plan will be the first of its kind in New Jersey. It represents an innovative approach to regional planning that acknowledges and embraces the interrelationships between human-wellbeing and landscape. The plan will be a key component of the County’s efforts to enhance environmental and community resilience. In addition to addressing resilience, the landscape plan will help to define the cultural landscape identity of Middlesex County. The Landscape plan will be used to guide land use and economic development decisions while capitalizing on ecosystem services and the other contributions the landscape of Middlesex County can provide.