"Under New Jersey law, we have a fundamental disconnect between development planning and utility services for that growth. The Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) of 1975 is now 40 years old, mostly unchanged from its early years. The history of New Jersey’s development makes clear the importance of water utilities. Every urban area, nearly all suburban areas, and many rural boroughs have water supply, sewer, and stormwater utility services. Dense development requires these services, without exception, and those densely developed areas are the economic backbone of the state. It only makes sense that we plan for development and utility services simultaneously, so that the services are adequate to the needs, and the needs don’t overwhelm the capacity of our environment and utilities to provide services." — Daniel J. Van Abs, associate professor of practice for water, society, and environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
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