Planning + Development

As communities grow in both size and complexity, leaders must account for an expanding number of considerations to ensure their projects move forward as intended. Harris & Associates has a strong record of working across community stakeholders to achieve smart growth.


Harris & Associates’ multidisciplinary expertise across planning, finance, environmental, engineering, and construction management, partners with communities to establish a vision along with the options for making it a reality.

A More Resilient Future

With Harris on board for the initial planning process, communities are better equipped to handle the unknown. We assist in proactive approaches to hazard mitigation planning, disaster risk reduction, climate change, and more to promote safety and resilience.

Partnering for Progress

For communities poised for growth, our Municipal Engineering team helps to ensure development projects meet all conditions of approval and that developers fulfill their requirements. We act as your representatives in city forums, such as city council meetings, to provide clarity and answers about regulatory analysis.

When review processes are completed accurately and efficiently, it results in a win-win for agencies and developers—allowing cities and counties to grow with the long-term in mind.

Harris’ Environmental Planning + Compliance team can also help cover all facets of permitting and regulatory compliance. Our in-house CEQA practitioners include technical experts in a range of comprehensive specialties, from biological resources to air quality.

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Harris & Associates is a proud charter member of the Envision® sustainable infrastructure rating system. This system provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.