Mr. Harrison is a frequent speaker on land use, redevelopment and environmental law. From 2002 to 2005, he was Policy Director and Chief Counsel for the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth, Department of Community Affairs and for more than 20 years served as Assistant Director of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Mr. Harrison is the co-author of the Municipal Land Use Law chapter in the Complete Guide to Planning in New Jersey.
As Assistant Director of the Pinelands Commission, Harrison spent over twenty years poring over thousands of pieces of legislation impacting the Pinelands area. It was this experience that helped him on his path to environmental law.
As climate change becomes a more tangible threat to our world, Harrison believes his work is now more important than ever. Harrison feels that solar projects, raising elevation of the ground to avoid future flooding, and just recognizing the consequences of climate change are all things that development projects should take into account.
One hope Harrison has for the future is for a mandate to divest from fossil fuels, instead focusing on alternative sources. He hopes that by doing so, people “see it as an opportunity, not a setback.”
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