ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING STUDIES

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.

Viewshed Analysis

  • Identify areas that may be visually impacted by proposed developments
  • Evaluate the extent of visual impact and recommend mitigation measures or alternative actions