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Mintier Harnish

About Us

Mintier Harnish is a consulting firm specializing in planning, development, land use, and environmental issues. Since our founding in 1985, we have served more than 160 public agencies, law firms, organizations, and companies.

Our mission is to help public agencies, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders plan their communities and improve their quality of life through solid research, community involvement, innovation, and policy leadership.


About Us

“I want to personally thank you for your hard work, effort and guidance to get these documents ready for release.  While this is an initial step towards adoption, I want to express my gratitude for this milestone.  The documents, including the RHNP, not only look great, but they are the culmination of an exemplary planning process and outreach effort which was improved from previous efforts.”

Jaylen French, Associate Planner/Project Manager, StanCOG RTP/SCS and Regional Housing Needs Plan

“I want to personally thank you for your hard work, effort and guidance to get these documents ready for release.  While this is an initial step towards adoption, I want to express my gratitude for this milestone.  The documents, including the RHNP, not only look great, but they are the culmination of an exemplary planning process and outreach effort which was improved from previous efforts.”

Jaylen French, Associate Planner/Project Manager, StanCOG RTP/SCS and Regional Housing Needs Plan

 Our Services


General Plans

Housing Plans

Zoning

Regional Plans

Community Engagement

Technology

Community Engagement
Technology
Our Services

 Our Staff


Jim Harnish, JD
Principal/Owner

Jim has been a planner and manager for many large public agencies and private consulting firms since 1970. He is also an attorney with extensive experience in land use and CEQA. He specializes in project management for general plans, specific plans, and large private planning projects; CEQA compliance and environmental document peer review; zoning and regulatory ordinance preparation; and public outreach and consensus building. His broad experience, in both the public and private sectors, in land use planning, regulatory codes and ordinances, permit processing, environmental analysis, toxics and hazardous materials, wetlands and endangered species, and legal analysis enables him to bring a wealth of experience to every project. He holds a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific) and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California, Davis.

Rick Rust, AICP, GISP
Principal Planner

Rick Rust, AICP, GISP has more than 33 years of experience in the management and preparation of general and comprehensive plans, housing elements, specific plans, zoning codes and environmental compliance documents. His work is based on a comprehensive set of skills in community planning, downtown planning, urban design, economic development, environmental compliance, and community engagement. He also has an extensive background in the application of GIS technologies to planning.

For general and comprehensive plans, Rick brings extensive experience managing successful projects in California and nationwide. This mix of experience gives Rick insight into a wide range of issues and solutions developed in consultation with dozens of communities.

Brent Gibbons, AICP
Senior Project Manager

Brent has been a planner in both the public and private sectors since 2013. He specializes in architectural applications, urban design, site design, land use planning, public policy, geographic information systems, regulatory code and ordinances, CEQA analysis, and community engagement.

Prior to working for Mintier Harnish, Brent worked for several San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions including Madera County and the City of Turlock where he gained experience in zoning ordinance development and the formation of community/area plans, as well as community park planning and design in conjunction with public health agencies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Amy Yang
Associate

Amy Yang specializes in community development, healthy communities planning, international development, and geographic information systems. Prior to joining Mintier Harnish, she has been involved with projects concerning transit-oriented development, public park financing, and retail mix. She has also led efforts to analyze health care facility accessibility in Lower Manhattan, New York, and created an interactive online mapping tool for an emergency management agency in Ohio.

Currently, Amy is involved with the Union City General Plan Update, Folsom General Plan Update, Ventura County General Plan Update, and Sunset Industrial Area Plan Update, while also providing writing, editing, research, and GIS support for a variety of other projects.

Jordan Cowell
Associate

Jordan Cowell is an associate planner who specializes in both architecture and planning/urban design, Jordan Cowell has become an integral member of the planning team as he is able to ensure plans will actually work for builders. Jordan applies his detailed knowledge to each project, streamlining the preliminary planning to construction document process for our clients. His municipal planning experience allows him to actively engage in a wide range of roles on the planning team, including fast, yet thorough, zoning code analysis thanks to his intimate understanding of how codes are organized and written. Jordan is an experienced problem solver, adept in writing specific plans and provides effective and efficient support in entitlement processes, thanks to his work on a wide array of project types ranging from large-scale master plans to urban infill/mixed-use projects. He has a passion for developing a sustainable vision for communities and future generations to come.

Ryan Lester
Planner

Ryan is a planner with an eye for design. A skilled user of industry-standard graphic design software, Ryan specializes in preparing accessible, user-friendly materials that present planning concepts to the public in concise, easy-to-understand, and engaging ways. Ryan applies these skills while crafting existing conditions and trends analyses, objective design standards, land use alternatives analyses, and general plan elements for cities and counties throughout the state.

Ryan specializes in objective design and development standards. In these projects, he conducts stakeholder interviews, analyzes current guidelines, drafts objective standards, and produces informative graphics to illustrate key standards.

In seven years with Mintier Harnish, Ryan has worked on over a dozen General Plans and has contributed to nearly fifteen Housing Elements, including both 5th and 6th cycle updates. Ryan is currently drafting Objective Design and Development Standards for a half dozen cities/towns.

Michael Gibbons
Planner

Michael is a Planner with Mintier Harnish. He provides project support to a variety of long-term planning projects including zoning code updates, general plans, and housing elements. He has experience in land use planning, zoning regulations, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), urban design, architectural applications, historic preservation, real estate development, regulatory code, and public policy. Michael has worked in both the public and private sectors, most recently as a Planner for the City of Napa. Michael also has experience in public service where he served the community in which he lived as a law enforcement officer for the City of Napa.

Michael graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning, and minors in Sustainability and Real Estate Development from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo.

Judy Harnish
CFO, Business Manager

Judy has been with Mintier Harnish since it began in 1985. As Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager, she supervises the administrative staff and oversees daily operations. She handles all accounting and financial duties for the firm. She is also the final editor of planning reports and documents. Her previous experience includes various administrative positions in commercial real estate and executive suite companies.

Theda Justiniani,
Office Manager

Theda has been the office manager for Mintier Harnish for over 15 years. Her roles include project billing and maintenance, contract review, budget analysis, human resource manager, and managing everyday office activities. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix, Sacramento.

Our Staff

“I wanted to congratulate you on a job well done. You handled this project very well. In addition to your great skills in planning and processing you brought a very high degree of professionalism and service. I will recommend you highly to anyone that asks.”

Ben Kimball, Deputy Executive Director, TCAG Regional Housing Needs Plan

“I wanted to congratulate you on a job well done. You handled this project very well. In addition to your great skills in planning and processing you brought a very high degree of professionalism and service. I will recommend you highly to anyone that asks.”

Ben Kimball, Deputy Executive Director, TCAG Regional Housing Needs Plan

Join our Team


Mintier Harnish continually seeks people who are enthusiastic about planning and who want to have a positive impact on communities. We pride ourselves in cultivating a work environment that is inclusive, team-oriented, and collaborative, while promoting accountability and self-growth through opportunities to work closely on all aspects of a variety of projects. Our values and commitment to hiring driven people who share similar goals, principles, and outward focus lead to lasting relationships.

Mintier Harnish seeks to be the place where individuals grow personally and professionally, as opposed to simply providing a job to a person seeking employment. The interests and passions of our staff lead and direct the firm’s activities, whether it’s venturing into new areas of planning and public policy or using state-of-the-art technologies and practices in our work. We look for creative, ambitious, and technical staff who embrace opportunities and create new ones for others. Because of our commitment to the growth of our team, many employees stay with Mintier Harnish for years and become leaders in the planning field.

Join Our Team

Current Openings: 
Planner and Project Manager

A rare opportunity for aspiring planners to work with a highly-skilled team of planners on cutting edge contemporary planning challenges including general plans, zoning codes, housing elements, climate change, environmental justice, social equity, and healthy communities.

Mintier Harnish, Sacramento, CA – (Salary: Highly competitive; commensurate with education and experience) – Mintier Harnish is hiring at least two planners, one entry level planner and one experienced planner, to work with cities and counties throughout California as part of our highly-skilled planning team.  Founded in 1985, Mintier Harnish is a northern California planning consulting firm specializing in land use planning, including general plans, housing elements, specific plans, zoning codes, objective design standards, and special planning studies. We are a small firm with a great working atmosphere and unlimited opportunity to excel.  Our office is located within the Sacramento grid in a historic 1890s Midtown Sacramento Victorian and within walking distance of dozens of outstanding restaurants and bars, and wide range of housing opportunities.

Project Manager

The Project Manager position requires familiarity with local governmental organizations and procedures, California planning law, CEQA, planning and environmental theory and practice, and excellent research and writing skills.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign), Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, and ArcMap GIS is required.  Experience in general plan and specific plan preparation is desirable.  Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in planning or closely-related field and at least three years of planning-related experience, or a Bachelors degree in planning or closely-related field and at least five years of planning-related experience.

Planner

The Planner position requires an understanding of local governmental organizations and procedures, California planning law, planning and environmental theory and practice, and excellent research and writing skills.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign), Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop, and ArcMap GIS is required.  Experience in general plan and zoning code preparation is desirable but not required.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in planning or closely-related field and experience as a planning intern during college. A Master’s degree in planning or closely related field is preferred.

Because we are a small firm, motivated self-starters will excel and find professional fulfillment with us. Project management and public outreach experience, creativity, and analytical aptitude are highly desirable. Critical thinking is essential. We are looking for people who can step into a position of responsibility and play an important role on major planning projects, whether as a project manager or planning support. 

If you are interested in this career-changing opportunity to address planning challenges throughout California, expand your skills and knowledge, and find career advancement, send your resume and any additional information that establishes your qualifications to:
Judy Harnish, Mintier Harnish, 1415 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 or email: judy@mintierharnish.com.  No phone inquiries please.

The positions will remain open until filled.

Mintier Harnish

1415 20th Street | Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 446-0522
office@mintierharnish.com