TCAG Regional Housing Needs Plan (August 4, 2014)

“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

StanCOG RTP/SCS and Regional Housing Needs Plan (March 26, 2014)

“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

Rohnert Park Housing Element Update (January 28, 2014)

“I enjoyed the presentation and the conversation. I let folks know how well you presented yesterday. Thanks for keeping us engaged and giving us the time and space to share our thoughts. I think partnership is the key to serving our communities, I am glad to see this as a focus as we identify the needs and find solutions we can implement together! I look forward to seeing you at another workshop soon.”

– Dev Goetschius, Executive Director, Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County

City of Sacramento Housing Element Update (January 6, 2014)

“Again, you have been a pleasure to work with and you have been one of the most helpful and knowledgeable consultants I’ve worked with.”

– Greg Sundland, Associate Planner/Project Manager

Town of Windsor General Plan Update (July 17, 2014)

“I wanted to write to tell you how pleased I am that we hired Mintier Harnish for our General Plan and Housing Element Update. I have been pleased with your strategic approach to community and stakeholder outreach, how you receive our ideas and integrate them into your approach, and how you keep us moving forward in a consistent direction. Your staff is extremely professional and positive to work with, and very responsive to our needs and suggestions. I have received positive comments regarding your work from Council members and stakeholders whom you interviewed. I am happy that we are working with you and sincerely look forward to our continued partnership in this important effort.”

– Linda Kelly, Town Manager

Walnut Creek Housing Element Update (March 2014)

“I wanted to thank staff and the consultants for a great job.  Walnut Creek historically has done a great job creating a mixed-income community that is inclusive for all, and the goals stated in this Housing Element pay more testament to that.”

– Iman Novin, Planning Commissioner

“I think this is an excellent plan . . . It’s a thoroughly done and professional plan and I commend everybody involved in it.”

– Allan Moore, Planning Commissioner

“I agree that this is a labor of love and it really shows in the document.”

– Eric Harrison, Planning Commissioner

SJCOG RTP/SCS (March 3, 2014)

“I would like to express my thanks, on behalf of the San Joaquin Council of Governments, for all the work you have done in the development of San Joaquin’s first Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.  San Joaquin is the first COG of the Valley to have its RTP/SCS available for public comment. We certainly could not have done it without your work as part of this effort.  So, thank you again.” 

Diane Nguyen, Deputy Director of Planning, Programming, & Project Delivery

City of Eureka Do-It-Yourself General Plan Program (October 6, 2012)

“I thought the training was excellent!  Having never been through a comprehensive general plan update, I feel this informative program provided me with a strong foundation upon which to move forward through the process.  You…were well prepared, and the program was well organized and presented.  I appreciated the willingness of all of you to answer our questions, share your experiences, and provide knowledgeable guidance…Thank you so much for providing this valuable and enjoyable program to the City.  I am certain we will be better off for having spent these past three days with all of you.”

– City of Eureka Staff

City of Sacramento Climate Action Plan (January 14, 2011)

“This is a real landmark that we are observing here tonight and…it is a big deal and something we committed to in our General Plan. I really want to commend all the staff who worked on this. I feel very positive and glad to see that we have community support for this from really all segments of the community. I think it is a very positive thing and hopefully we can jump the gun and move on getting our economy turned around, but also in terms of really being the kind of green city that we all say we want.”

– Council Member Steve Cohn

“I am also in full support of this…It is a document that we can be proud of and a Plan that we can be proud of.”

– Council Member Kevin McCarty

“I just want to congratulate staff as well for a fine job putting together what I believe is one of the best Climate Action Plans here in the county. It is important that many of these measures and strategies are linked to General Plan policies and they’ve done just that. We also believe, given the current economic climate, that the Plan strikes a much needed balance between moving toward a more sustainable Sacramento and yet recognizing the need for continued economic growth in our local economy. Again, I want to congratulate the City for making good on a promise to create a greenhouse gas reduction plan, a blueprint to make the city more sustainable.”

– Larry Robinson, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

“I want to compliment staff on a final product…[the Plan] takes the folks who wanted to see no regulation and the folks who wanted to see lots of regulation and find something that works and does what we all frankly wanted.”

– Eric Rasmussen, Sacramento Area Association of Realtors

City of Aliso Viejo Do-It-Yourself General Plan Program (July 15, 2011)

“I really appreciated your candid feedback to my questions and my thoughts about how to proceed with the General Plan Update. The process is complicated, and therefore difficult at times to synthesize, but you did a great job.”

– City of Aliso Viejo Staff

City of Solana Beach Do-It-Yourself General Plan Program (January 20, 2011)

“Your collective experience with this process is evident. Thank you for your real world examples and practical advice. I believe that it will prove to be invaluable as we move forward in this process! I feel the three-day program provided a complete and clear understanding of how to properly draft and implement a complete General Plan and/or update. All of your presenters were very knowledgeable and excellent presenters! Great Job!”

– City of Solana Beach Staff and Decision-Makers

South San Joaquin Irrigation District Municipal Services Review (July 6, 2010)

“Wow, this is very well done… this MSR is a better application of getting into the retail energy business than any I have ever seen. Thanks for this great work product.”

– Jeff Shields, General Manager, South San Joaquin Irrigation District

San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Roadmap and Planners Toolkit (November 2010)

“I thank you all for your excellent work on the Toolkit as well as the other projects we have worked together on.  In addition to providing excellent outcomes, you have been most responsive to all our requests.  I hope our paths will cross again in the not too distant future.”

– Barbara Steck, Deputy Director, Fresno COG

City of Stockton Housing Element Update (May 26, 2010)

“I wish to thank and congratulate all of you for getting this done with minimal controversy. It is truly amazing…thank you all so much for your contribution to this accomplishment.”

– Michael M. Niblock, Director, Community Development Department, City of Stockton