The City Council of Camden NJ just passed a Sustainability Ordinance that will require all applicants for new development or modifications of existing development to submit an “Environmental Impact and Benefits Assessment (EIBA)” to the city’s planning department to attest that the development will not adversely affect the air and water quality of proximate neighborhoods, and that quality of life issues (complete streets, recreation, open space, etc.) are addressed.
This ordinance was developed and advocated for by the Camden Green Team in cooperation with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Justice, the City of Camden’s Planning Department, and many community stakeholders.
Camden is the only city in New Jersey to pass such an ordinance.
Camden has also received a grant to create a citywide Environmental Resource Inventory to create a benchmark for environmental and quality-of-life indicators that will be used to measure future progress.