Dresdner Robin is headquartered in downtown Jersey City
By Joshua Burd
Dresdner Robin, a Jersey City-based land use consultancy, has named a new director of planning.
The firm announced Tuesday that Charles Heydt, previously its assistant director of planning, has taken the reins of the department, bringing more than 10 years of experience in land development projects. In the role, he will be tasked with the oversight of all planning services and the direction of the planning team, while working to develop staff skills and technical understanding of complex zoning issues.
As director of planning, he will also look to develop new services and opportunities for Dresdner, whose geographic footprint is significant across the tristate area.
“We’re thrilled to announce that Charles has been named Dresdner Robin’s director of planning,” said Fred Worstell, the firm’s president. “He is a skilled planner with a unique vision and ability to bring clients’ land-use goals to fruition. We look forward to the dynamic work that lies ahead for Charles and our firm’s Planning Division.”
Heydt, a licensed New Jersey professional planner, has provided planning testimony for more than 100 local land use boards, according to a news release. He is a certified member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, with experience including land use, redevelopment, sustainability, resiliency and environmental and natural resources for a variety of asset classes.
“People throughout cities and neighborhoods are becoming more and more connected. They are starting to think about the places they live in and how to make them better,” Heydt said. “We can assist with this sharing of ideas. Through practical experience, technical analysis and creative ideas, Dresdner Robin is well-suited to help transition these places for the better.”
Heydt, who has been with the firm for more than three years, has been involved with the preparation of municipal master plans, redevelopment plans and sustainability plans, the news release said. He is also experienced in obtaining compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act, New Jersey’s Executive Order 215, New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act and City Environmental Quality Review, including environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.
Dresdner also touted Heydt’s role in projects such as the Silver Lake mixed-use redevelopment in Belleville, the Avalon Cove redevelopment in Jersey City, the Harmony Dispensary in Hoboken and Toll Port Imperial in West New York.
Heydt is also experienced in the permitting process for freshwater wetlands and flood hazard area permits under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.