FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 12, 2019

Interactive Mapping Tool Helps Municipalities, Businesses, Investors, and Stakeholders Access Valuable Demographic Data

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is highlighting their new and improved Community Asset Map, formerly known as the Opportunity Zone Navigator. The robust, interactive mapping tool is available to the public, local governments, investors, and businesses looking to gain a better understanding of the characteristics and amenities within New Jersey communities. The map offers easy access to the community data needed to identify the best locations and opportunities for specific kinds of business and development.  The tool, developed by the Department’s Office of Local Planning Services, can be found at

New demographic information has been added displaying more than 30 layers of data, some of which can be seen at the parcel level. Users can view community assets and amenities such as train stations, bus terminals, park and rides, airports, colleges and universities, power plants, ports and marinas, hospitals, parking areas, and public libraries. New additions and updates include transit parking, population change, population density, walkability score, median household income, median real estate tax, median home value, Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Census Tracts, and Difficult Development Areas. 

“The Community Asset Map is a vital resource for community leaders, investors, businesses, and municipalities,” said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.  “And now - with updated features that allow you to compare demographic data like population, employment density, household income, and housing values - it’s a tool every municipal leader and stakeholder should be using to help them make strategic development and investment decisions that will benefit their community.”

The mapping tool also boasts overlay options that allow users to view valuable economic, local planning, environmental, and workforce statistics as well as predominant land uses, property sales, and job density. These features allow potential investors and stakeholders to view where the State has targeted its investments through special designations, such as Urban Enterprise Zones, Transit Villages, Opportunity Zones, and the projects within them.   

Established in 1967, DCA offers a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of public concern including affordable housing production, fire safety and building safety, community planning and development, local government management and finance, and disaster recovery.

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Lisa Ryan
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