Community Planning

Equal access to opportunities. Optimal health outcomes. An expanding economic landscape. These are all qualities of vibrant, connected communities—made possible by well-designed, achievable plans.


Harris & Associates’ Community Planning services factor in all the diverse elements contributing to a community’s well-being, with careful consideration of resources at every step. Our strategic advisors and planners, drawing on our firm’s vast experience in engineering and construction management, collaborate with municipal leaders and communities to establish a vision along with the goals, policies, actions, and financing options for making it a reality.    

Planning for a Sustainable Future

Across the entire spectrum of community improvements, Harris draws from a unique breadth of expertise with complex, interconnected systems to account for the domino effect today’s planning decisions will have far into the future. We bring climate change, resilience, technology, and sustainability to every aspect of planning to support thriving communities that meet the most stringent requirements.

Given the importance of public participation in community planning, Harris also garners support from residents to develop equitable plans that meet the entire community’s needs.

Related People

Michael McCormick, AICP

Michael McCormick, AICP

Division President / Strategic Advisory Services


Diane Sandman, AICP

Diane Sandman, AICP

Senior Director / Environmental Planning + Compliance


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Urban Footprint

Urban Footprint

Harris is proud to partner with UrbanFootprint—a cloud-based scenario planning tool designed to help land use planners, the public, and decision makers understand and communicate the impacts and trade-offs of land use decisions using scientific research and data about real places where people live and work.

 

Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System

Envision Charter Member

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.

  • General Plans

    General Plans

    Harris helps communities convert lessons learned and vision into comprehensive plans that anticipate future challenges and align with statewide goals. Using state-of-the-art data and scenario planning tools,  our planners analyze the impacts and benefits of numerous land use and mobility planning scenarios to help leaders shape their communities of the future. We also catalyze productive public engagement throughout the planning process to account for each community’s unique priorities.

  • General Plans

    Harris helps communities convert lessons learned and vision into comprehensive plans that anticipate future challenges and align with statewide goals. Using state-of-the-art data and scenario planning tools,  our planners analyze the impacts and benefits of numerous land use and mobility planning scenarios to help leaders shape their communities of the future. We also catalyze productive public engagement throughout the planning process to account for each community’s unique priorities.

  • Community Plans

    Community Plans

    In alignment with the General Plan, Harris helps deliver Community Plans that resolve local conflicts and determine effective paths forward.

     

  • Specific Plans

    Specific Plans

    We offer actionable insights for infrastructure and facility projects with Specific Plans covering everything from policy statements to development regulations.

  • Master Plans

    Master Plans

    Whether a community is updating major facilities, water system, or establishing bicycle and pedestrian master plans, our master planners consider usability from every angle: location, accessibility, sustainability, and beyond.

     

  • Long-Range Development Plans (LRDP)

    Long-Range Development Plans (LRDP)

    Focused on the what, how, and where of buildings and open spaces, Harris advises clients on plans that comply with current regulations while anticipating future needs. For UC San Diego’s Hillcrest Campus and others, our detailed environmental studies and technical analyses inform vital decisions.

  • Risk + Resilience

    Risk + Resilience

    Harris delivers a tailored approach to help cities create resilient communities. We factor societal and economic systems, regulations, and data into the process to identify potential risks and improve communities’ ability to recover from shocks to critical systems from natural disasters and exacerbating impacts caused by climate change.

  • Climate Action Plans

    Climate Action Plans

    Cities and counties today are actively accounting for the impacts of climate change and the greenhouse gas emissions quantification monitoring, reporting, and verifications required to address a communities contribution to climate change. Harris’ climate change analysts help create climate action plans that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability, increase resilience, and streamline the CEQA process.