Problematic zoning regulations and inexperienced officials have contributed to sprawl in New Jersey that has prevented lower-income citizens from being able to afford houses near their jobs, according to a study co-authored by John Hasse, a Rowan University professor of geography. The population has risen only 14% since pre-1986 levels, but the percentage of developments that are residential has increased by 26.8%, according to the report. "In two to three decades, there will be no private land left that's developable. We'll be the first state to run out of land," Hasse said.

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