Jayne Warne is the president of Matrix New World Engineering, a multidiscipline engineering firm helping real estate developers efficiently navigate the complexities of New Jersey's affordable housing puzzle.
We asked Jayne for three thoughts on the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in January, which ordered municipalities to move on new affordable housing projects, a decision that could trigger the construction of “tens of thousands” of homes by 2030.
Municipalities and developers need guidance and expertise throughout the municipal approval process, which can often be convoluted. Engineers help present the most cost-efficient, sensible affordable housing plans that comply with state directives and local regulations.
No. A full-service firm is really a one-stop shop, recognizing projects rely on timeliness during the approval and financing process. Engineers provide surveying, planning, permitting, site design and engineering disciplines for developers. Some can also provide specialties, such as site selection, geotechnical assessments, surveys, designs, environmental impact reports and even traffic studies.
There are many challenging properties that require site remediation for environmentally sensitive parcels that are in flood zones, include wetlands or are natural habitats for threatened or endangered species. Engineers identify the right parcels and then provide site designs that enhance neighborhoods with amenities like playgrounds and passive recreation areas.