Sustainability & Resiliency Planning

With the impact of climate change on NJ, Harbor Consultants has been at the forefront of sustainability planning, resiliency planning and green design. Our team of planners and engineers can assist your municipality in preparing Climate Resiliency Planning, and Master Plan amendments incorporating green designs, preparing green building design guidelines and zoning ordinances to prepare and implement climate and green strategies as a result of climate change.

Urban Renewal and Development

Harbor Consultants consults with some of the biggest cities in New Jersey. Through our experience in redevelopment, planning, architectural design, construction management, and engineering this provides us a unique skill set to support New Jersey’s urban areas in renewal and development. As we understand the importance of community building and public input in planning and shaping urban development, we have the ability to offer visioning and community engagement to create a community base plan.

Landscape Architecture

Mike Mistretta has over 20 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. As State Licensed Landscape Architect (LLA), Mr. Mistretta has experience in the preparation of a County wide Parks Master Plan, natural resource inventories, construction management and oversight of park improvements, the preparation of construction specification and details, landscape plans, and tree management surveys. Mr. Mistretta has a strong interest in the preservation of our State’s forested natural resources and critical native habitats.

GIS Mapping and Drafting

Understanding the importance of mapping and visually displaying information, the team at Harbor Consultants has a skill set in creating GIS maps of Redevelopment Areas, Land Uses, Zoning, Environmental and other resources through the tools of GIS. Harbor Consultants has the ability to create interactive web based zoning maps to better inform and educate your municipality.

Master Plans & Vision Plans

The team at Harbor Consultants has extensive experience in preparing Master Plans, Master Plan Re-examinations, Master Plan Elements and Vision Plans. Understanding the importance of building Master Plans that speak to all, a key component for Harbor Consultants is community engagement and public outreach to craft these plans. Harbor Consultants work with community groups, local business leaders and regional stakeholder in a collaborative way preparing information, maps, and exhibits that assist stakeholders, municipalities and counties in planning for future growth, smart development, green building and infrastructure and preservation of their respective neighborhoods

Affordable Housing Planning

Harbor Consultants is an expert in navigating the complex affordable housing regulations of New Jersey. Harbor Consultants represents fourteen (14) municipalities across New Jersey. With our team of Affordable Housing Experts and Licensed Professional Planners in the State of New Jersey, Harbor Consultants has represented municipalities at Fairness Hearings, Compliance Hearings, Trials, and has negotiated numerous settlement agreements with intervening developers, the Fair Share Housing Center, special master’s and municipal governing bodies. Harbor Consultants has worked on obtaining a number of Memorandum’s of Understanding (MOU’s), Judgement of Repose (JOR’s) and Mid-Point Reviews. Harbor Consultants has prepared a number of Fair Share and Housing Element Plans (FS&HEP’s) and vacant land analysis (VLS’s) Harbor Consultants regularly appears before municipal Council meetings and case management conferences to present updates on the state of municipal affordable housing plans.

Redevelopment Studies & Plans

Harbor Consultants has extensive experience in preparing condemnation and non-condemnation redevelopment studies, redevelopment agreements and redevelopment plans for a wide range of residential, commercial, industrial and mixed-use projects. Harbor Consultants has managed multiple municipal redevelopment projects in excess of thirty million dollars. Such projects include complex planning involving the relocation of municipal buildings, police stations, community centers, library’s public works department buildings, parking decks and salt domes. It is common place that these large-scale redevelopment projects involve complex land swaps with private property owners, site remediation studies, demographic and school ages children analysis, environmental studies, detailed financial studies and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreements.

Land Use Boards

With over 30 years of planning expertise, Harbor Consultants support or Planning and Zoning Board municipal clients in reviewing development and site plan applications in compliance with the municipality’s zoning regulations, affordable housing compliance and in conformance with the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL).

Harbor Consultants represents municipal clients throughout New Jersey in urban, suburban and rural landscapes. Our sound expertise in planning has shaped planning projects of all capacities in creating a built landscape that fulfills the goals and objectives of the community.