Learn (verb): gaining knowledge of Trenton to inspire ideas for the future.

A great vision is based on a complete understanding of the city’s unique assets as well as the local, regional, and national trends that will ultimately impact its growth. Use the links below to get a better understanding of Trenton, Planning, and the Master Plan Process.

  • explore250_cirCity Profile Report Where are we now? That is the question the 2014 City Profile Report, developed by the Division of Planning, helps us answer. Read through the report and get up to speed quickly!
  • cityprofile_cirSWOC Analysis The City Profile Report provides the cold-hard facts. But we need your help putting them in context. What Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Constraints do you identify in Trenton?
  • planning101_cirPrevious PlansTrenton250 will be the guiding vision for the future of Trenton, but will build off of previous planning efforts done by the City, County, State and local citizen groups. Explore these plans and help us identify the good ideas that have been explored in previous efforts.
  • planning101iconPlanning 101 Learn about Master Planning in New Jersey and get answers to the most typical questions. Also, learn about the specifics of the Trenton250 Master Plan. Watch the “Listening Tour” video where Jeff Wilkerson, Principal Planner for the City of Trenton, walks through the 250 Framework.
  • backtothefutureOn Trenton’s Future What will the world look like in 10 years? How about 30? The Staff of the Division of Planning, along with some invited guests, will be blogging regularly on this issue. Visit this page and join the conversation!
  • newsevent_cirStakeholder Meetings Stakeholders are anyone who can respond to and change the strategic future of a critical organization or business in Trenton. Visit this page to read meeting summaries and to find out more about what they think Trenton will be.


Participate (verb): taking part in a discussion about the future of Trenton.

It’s all about getting your ideas out there. We have create SIX! opportunities for you to express your ideas about how Trenton should grow and change. We invite you to select one or all of these opportunities to take part in the discussion.

  • trentonwillbe_cir #TrentonWillBe Explore 240 character Visions for Trenton submitted via Twitter and Facebook. Vote on the ones you like. Upload your own and see who’s liked yours.
  • survey_cir Survey Residents, workers, business owners from inside and outside of Trenton are invited to take a 3 minute survey to help create a vision for Trenton.
  • imagecontest_cir #ImagineTrenton Not everyone expresses their vision in words. Upload photographs and images that express what you want Trenton to be. The winner will be featured on the cover of the Trenton250 Vision Plan.
  • blog_cir Blog Participate in an online discussion. We’ll regularly post information that will help you better understand where Trenton will be on its 250th anniversary. Also a great source of news and updates.
  • publicmeetings_cir Public Meetings Come to our public meetings to help vision for Trenton. We’ll have photos, meeting summaries, and more posted here for those who can’t attend. Information on time and location also available.
  • lovenotes Trenton Love Notes Here’s your chance to express why you love Trenton. This love note and your attached photos will be published on the City’s new Master Plan website as part of our City’s visioning phase..


Vision Element

On October 9th, 2014 the Trenton Planning Board unanimously adopted the Visioning Element of the Trenton250 Master Plan (download here). In short, the Vision Element identified the following Vision Statement and Guiding Principles that will direct the city through 2042:

Trenton First: A Premier Economic and Cultural Center Built on Arts, Industry, and Education

  1. Foster Social Opportunity and a Vibrant Economy through Education
  2. Establish a Preeminent Arts and Culture Destination
  3. Build a Safe City
  4. Advance Good Governance
  5. Promote Civic Unity and Pride
  6. Cultivate a Healthy City
  7. Reinforce High-Quality Neighborhoods and a 24/7 Downtown Trenton
  8. Capitalize on Location and Urban Form to Support a Multi-Modal Transportation Network
Plan Elements

This diagram illustrates all of the future Elements that will eventually make up the Trenton Master Plan. As we start each element, it will be activated on the circle below. Then you will have the opportunity to learn more about the work being done and participate in building the plan. To find out more about the Master Plan organization, please watch this video.