Request for Proposals
Engaging and Strengthening Hudson County
County of Hudson
Submittal Deadline: 08/12/2014
The County of Hudson is seeking the assistance of an AICP/PP Licensed Professional Planner or professional consultant firm with duly licensed professionals on staff to lead the “Engaging and Strengthening Hudson County Planning Initiative”. This will include: 1. an update to the Hudson County Master Plan 2. A Parks Master Plan 3. A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan for 2015-2019 and 4. A Capital Improvement Plan.
The Hudson County Division of Planning applied for and received funding from the NJ Department of Community Affairs Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program for an update to the Hudson County Master Plan, Parks Master Plan, Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Capital Improvement Plan. The grant award is based on the planning needs demonstrated in the Strategic Recovery Planning Report, and is intended to support community redevelopment in Hudson County through long range recovery and resiliency planning for the county, which sustained damage from Superstorm Sandy. To bring together all stakeholders for a collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving session, the County plans to conduct an “Engaging and Strengthening Hudson County Planning Initiative”. This will result in 4 distinct document deliverables: an update to the Hudson County Master Plan; a Parks Master Plan; a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan for 2015-2019; and a Capital Improvement Plan.
The County per the New Jersey County Planning Act (NJSA 40:27-1 et seq) is authorized to adopt a master plan to guide the physical development of the county. Hudson County’s Master Plan was most recently updated in 2008. The Master Plan needs to be updated to study changing conditions in Hudson County, utilize the latest data, and adjust the goals and policies of the County to address shifting conditions and priorities. Additionally, Superstorm Sandy caused significant damages in Hudson County, exposing or exacerbating vulnerabilities and producing short and long term impacts. An update to the Master Plan will allow Hudson County to examine and address these damages and impacts, and take actions to implement recovery and mitigation projects and measures for a more resilient Hudson County.
The Hudson County Park System provides valuable green space and recreational opportunities for Hudson County, which is highly developed and densely populated. A long-term goal of the County is to continue to increase open space and recreational opportunities throughout the county, as well as properly maintain and update park facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, the Hudson County Park System sustained significant damage to facilities and infrastructure during Superstorm Sandy, requiring time consuming and costly repairs, and limiting ability of parks to serve their valuable recreational and open space roles. The Hudson County Parks Master Plan Update will serve to guide the long-range planning, operations, and maintenance of the Hudson County Parks System, as well as the recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy and mitigation efforts to reduce vulnerabilities to future storms.
The Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Committee, along with the staff support of the Division of Planning, produced a five-year “CEDS Regional Plan” for 2010-2014. This economic plan has served as a guide for the growth of jobs, development and commerce in the County. The CEDS plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, USEDA, in order to become and remain eligible for public works grants and economic development assistance from the federal EDA. The United States Economic Development Administration reviewed and approved the Hudson County Regional CEDS Plan.
The need for the new 5-year plan provides an opportunity to study changing conditions in Hudson County, utilize the latest data, and adjust the goals and policies of the CEDS to address shifting conditions and priorities. The report should explore the short-term and long-term economic impact of Superstorm Sandy, as well as the new issues and vulnerabilities that were exposed by this major storm.
Hudson County must continue to plan for its future facility and infrastructure needs. A Capital Improvement Plan will allow the County to prioritize, plan for, and arrange funding sources to implement needed capital improvement projects. The effects of Superstorm Sandy caused significant damages to County roads, facilities, and other equipment and infrastructure. A Capital Improvement Plan will enable the County to not only repair the damages from Superstorm Sandy, but to replace, upgrade, and add new facilities and infrastructure which will be more resistant and resilient to the effects of future storm events.
1.2 CONTENTS OF THE PROPOSAL
The “Engaging and Strengthening Hudson County Planning Initiative,” and the four document deliverables, will serve to guide the long-range planning to protect and enhance the quality of life for those who live and work within the county, as well as the recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy and mitigation efforts to reduce vulnerabilities to future storms. The proposal will outline the process and completion of the stakeholder planning sessions and the four document deliverables. The proposal should address all the Tasks outlined in Section 2.0 (“SCOPE OF WORK AND COMPONENTS OF THE REPORT”). The USEDA requirements for a CEDS should be referenced. as well as MLUL and the County Planning Act (NJSA 40:27-1 et seq) for Master Plans and Capital Improvement Plans.
Any awards made through the Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant program will be subject to the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) regulations and the New Jersey DCA CDBG-DR Action Plan, as approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Report and all contract deliverables must be completed within a twelve month contract term.