Are you ready to make an impact in your city? Our menu of evidence-based solutions is a great place to start! These solutions have been developed and implemented in cities around New Jersey by citizens like you, with support and coaching from our Law & Policy Task Force.

Each of these solutions can be presented by citizens to their city's governing bodies or school boards. They include a brief description and step-by-step guide to walk you through the process from research through adoption, a Presentation Kit, and accompanying model local laws – ordinances or resolutions – in ready-to-adopt format.

Also check out our Citizen Legislator Class to learn how to make a successful presentation of the evidence-based solution of your choice. Empowered by these time-tested trainings and tools of The Citizens Campaign, you can be the solution to dysfunctional politics!

PUBLIC SAFETY

EDUCATION

ENVIRONMENT / STORM RESILIENCY

  • Master Plan Amendment for Storm and Flood Resiliency: Update the municipal Master Plan to incorporate improved elements of storm resiliency planning and development
  • Tree Fund: Establish a voluntary Tree Fund people can donate to that will go towards strategically planting more storm resilient trees in city parks and along the waterfront
  • Green Roofs: Help reduce storm water pollution and flooding by establishing "green roof" zoning requirements
  • Permeable Driveways: Create a site-plan requirement that minimizes off-site drainage, and is incentivized by an optional coverage bonus
  • Environmental Commission: Establish a volunteer committee to advise local government and inform residents on environmental issues, and help to protect the environment

CITIZEN EMPOWERMENT

GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY & WASTE CUTTING

ARTS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Abandoned and Vacant Property Registration: List and register abandoned and vacant properties and require owners to pay a registration fee to motivate owners to properly maintain, or restore and reuse the properties
  • Creating an Arts Council: Establish a volunteer committee to support the arts in your city and seek grant opportunities
  • Mural Ordinance: Promote and foster cultural expression in your city and connect people through public art
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