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Posted on: October 28, 2020

Pompton Lakes releases plan to make community more aging-friendly

Aging in Place

In Pompton Lakes Borough, 27.5% of the population 65 and older lives alone, nearly identical to the statewide rate of 25.9%. New Jersey elders who live alone are much more likely than elder couples to live in economic insecurity. Recognizing these existing and future challenges, the Borough sought technical expertise in identifying strategies to support its older population. With funding from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, a technical assessment was completed by the non-profit planning organization, New Jersey Future. 

With  the completion of the assessment, the Borough has announced the release of its Aging-Friendly Land-Use Assessment, designed to evaluate the Borough's ability to provide "aging in place" services and infrastructure for its residents and to identify strategies to improve conditions and support residents' abilities to continue to live in Pompton Lakes as they grow older. The report is the first aging-friendly assessment completed in Passaic County. 

Members of the Pompton Lakes community provided their valuable insight and guidance in development of this community assessment. Members of the stakeholder committee included: 

  • Pompton Lakes Mayor Michael Serra; 
  • Pompton Lakes Borough Administrator Kevin Boyle; 
  • Pompton Lakes Borough Council members Erik DeLine and William Baig; 
  • Planner for Pompton Lakes, Deborah Lawlor; 
  • Jackeline Leon of TransOptions; 
  • Jack Honsberger of Pompton Lakes Golden Agers; and 
  • Janet Castello, treasurer, and Anne Marie Michael, president of St. Mary’s Seniors of Pompton Lakes .

This report evaluates four major categories of the built environment. For each category, the report describes preferred features, assesses whether these features are present in the borough’s built environment, and recommends actions to introduce or enhance the attributes. These categories include: 

  1. Mixed-Use Centers
  2. Housing
  3. Transportation
  4. Public Spaces and Amenities

Each of the four built environment categories evaluated in the  sections of this report include descriptions of several category features, a brief discussion of whether the features are present in Pompton Lakes Borough, and recommendations the Borough can consider to introduce or enhance the features. All of the recommendations are then combined in a summary listing, from which action objectives are formulated to initiate an implementation program.

You can read the report HERE.

Find out more: 

New Jersey Future

Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation

Aging in Place

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