DMR is serving more than 15 New Jersey municipalities offering a full complement of professional planning services, including consulting on affordable housing, cannabis zoning, sustainability, major redevelopment projects and landscape design. The roster of work tells the story of a depth of capabilities and the cohesive planning services DMR provides.
In Verona, DMR was first contracted as its affordable housing planner, beginning a process that ultimately reduced the township’s affordable housing obligation and set into motion a plan for the town to satisfy it. That experience soon led to coming on as the borough planner and completing an analysis of the township’s master plan to confirm that DMR’s future goals aligned with the document. The analysis resulted in recommendations that would improve the town center and rezone two sites totaling almost 20 acres.
In Dunellen, DMR continues to consult on redevelopment, master planning, affordable housing, zoning and climate resiliency, with an underlying theme of focusing on engaging the small, but active, town. Hundreds of members have weighed in on surveys or at public meetings, arriving at a number of meaningful implementations including: the Downtown Vision Plan, the Master Plan Reexamination, the Cannabis Business Public Survey, the Climate Resiliency Plan, zoning changes and new retail opportunities.
Projects in Woodcliff Lake and Rutherford are highlighting DMR’s park design capabilities. The Woodcliff Lake project at the former Galaxy Gardens will profoundly change the surrounding neighborhood, while the project in Rutherford will offer improved softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer and multi-purpose fields.
Ten more investigation studies and redevelopment plans are ongoing in Garfield, Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, North Arlington and Hillsdale in an effort to redevelop underutilized or abandoned properties in the diverse municipalities, unlocking a number of attractive development opportunities.