Published in The Times of Trenton
In an effort to protect against flooding and damage from storms, the city's planning board approved a series of recommendations to address flood control for building projects and redevelopment.
The board passed a resolution at its Feb. 12 meeting containing recommendations from the Citizens Campaign, which says the resolution is the first of its kind in the state.
"Taking the steps outlined in the resolution will better position Trenton to receive planning grants and low-cost state funding for improving infrastructure to withstand storms," said Kim Vanderhoef, policy and law director for the Citizens Campaign.
The Citizens Campaign brings together groups of residents from different areas of New Jersey to propose solutions for issues facing their municipalities. The resolution passed by the planning board was proposed by Pearleen Waters and Robert Donaldson, members of the Trenton Civic Trust's environmental task force.
Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said in a statement that he and his administration support the resolution.
"I strongly support Trenton citizens partnering with the planning board to make sure our city is ready for the more intense storms that, according to scientists we are likely to face," Jackson said in the statement. "One of my priorities is to build a more resilient Trenton."