Visions for the Future
Downtown Toms River is looking forward to an exciting future of revitalization and redevelopmentFour major development projects and building rehabilitations are already underway.   

The new southbound bridge crossing the Toms River has been opened in December of 2006. This bridge has enhanced traffic movement while opening up underutilized properties to traffic increases that will lead to them being repurposed in ways that will add to the vitality of Toms River’s traditional downtown.

A large area south of West Water Street between Main Street and the Garden State Parkway is undergoing designation as an area in need of redevelopment with transit oriented development as a hallmark. A redevelopment study has been completed and is available for download to the right of this page. With all the change, there also will be retention of the elegant village feel that has been so much a part of Downtown Toms River for decades.

The decline of a central business district… the center of a community… takes place over a long period of time as a collection of actions working independently of any plan pick away at the community. To propel Downtown Toms River energetically into revitalization, the organization has developed a Master Plan for the District in conjunction with Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, a distinguished planning consulting firm from New York City. This plan has been incorporated into Toms River Township’s Master Plan.

While Downtown Toms River was working on its Master Plan, it was privileged to host a design studio from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning at Rutgers University. The graduate students who conducted the studio studied the riverfront in Downtown Toms River and developed a plan that encompasses essentially the area that will be designated an area in need of redevelopment.

Detail from Master Plan-
Map 3.1 Vision Plan Concept Map

For your convenience, we have posted here the Downtown Toms River Master Plan, a PowerPoint presentation regarding that plan, the Bloustein Studio report, and a PowerPoint presentation regarding the studio. Please feel free to download these documents and study them.

Should you have any questions or comments you can call Downtown Toms River at 732-341-8738 or email us at

Vision for an Enjoyable Pedestrian Environment.

Downtown Toms River worked with Project for Public Spaces under a grant from the Municipal Land Use Institute at the College of New Jersey to begin a process of planning a more enjoyable pedestrian environment downtown. The process started with a public workshop and ultimately brought about this vision. The vision is already serving as a guiding document for improving the pedestrian environment.

Download "Streets for People", Pedestrian Workshop Summary
Jan. 2008 (3.2 MB)

Download the Redevelopment Area Study for the
Downtown Toms River, Waterfront Area
September 2009 (4 MB)

Download the entire Master Plan (7.2 MB)

Download the Master Plan Presentation
PowerPoint (3.3 MB) / PDF (760 KB)

Download the entire Revitalization Strategy (Bloustein School Design Studio) (5.7 MB)

Download the Revitalization Strategy PowerPoint Show:
PowerPoint (20 MB)

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