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County Towns Receive $385,000 In Grants for Transportation

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced that Gloucester County and three County municipalities are the recipients of a total of $385,000 in grant funding from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC).
 
The grants of federal and state funds were part of the planning commission's Transportation and Community Development Initiative, which seeks to coordinate local transportation improvements with land-use planning.
 
The grants awarded include:
 
Gloucester County: Planning for countywide land use in master plan. $125,000.
 
Woodbury: Development analysis for a transportation hub. $75,000.
 
Woolwich Township: Updating land-use and transportation plans along
Route 322. $100,000.
 
Monroe Township. Planning for transportation master plan to connect schools, transit, recreation facilities with regional pedestrian and bikeway system. $85,000.
 
Director Damminger said, “The Planning Division is responsible for the County's comprehensive planning including preparing, maintaining, and updating the County Master Plan and its various elements.  The Master Plan is a very important tool that helps depict current land use issues and guides decisions for both growth and conservation.”
Freeholder Heather Simmons, liaison to the Planning Division, said, “The key to successful community development and growth is planning for the future and these grants will enable us to continue to utilize smart growth principals for sustainable development. This grant funding is a huge help to assist our county and municipalities in developing and updating their transportation and master plans. ”
Freeholder Lyman Barnes said, “The goal of this program is to enable governing bodies to provide greater quality of life to its residents by maintaining vital infrastructure, identifying opportunities for economic growth and linking land use with transportation.  This DVRPC grant will fund a variety of planning activities including planning that can lead to public/private investment for growth.”