Hudson Highlands Environmental Consulting has the capability to produce a broad range of environmental planning studies. These include:
Open Space Plans
- Inventory existing public and private open space
Identify the community benefits, use, and need for open space
- Assist communities in developing an objective and a strategy for the preservation and management of public and private open space
- Prepare a comprehensive document that presents guidelines for the preservation, management, and use of open space
Municipal Planning Studies
- Natural Resource Inventories – Inventories of a municipality’s natural resources including geology, soils, slopes, waterbodies and watercourses, wetlands, drainage basins, flood hazard zones, vegetation, aquifers, viewsheds, etc., compiled in maps for use by municipal planning and environmental boards.
- Cultural Resource Inventories — Inventories of a municipality’s manmade resources including historic sites, archaeologically sensitive areas, land use patterns, road patterns, infrastructure, etc.
- Master Plan Studies – Review existing Master Plan; assess current growth trends and patterns, and impacts of recent and ongoing development; update existing land use plan and development related ordinances to reflect current community needs and values
- Land Use and Environmental Ordinances – Provide assistance to modify zoning and subdivision regulations; to create or modify slopes ordinance, wetlands ordinance, etc.
- Identify areas that may be visually impacted by proposed developments
- Evaluate the extent of visual impact and recommend mitigation measures or alternative actions