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The Hudson County Division of Planning provides information and recommendations for the orderly and proper development of the County. The Division provides staff support and technical assistance to the Hudson County Planning Board, the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy “CEDS” Committee.

The Division of Planning is located at:
Bergen Square Center
830 Bergen Avenue
Suite 6A
Jersey City, NJ 07306

General questions?

Please contact us at

Francesca Giarratana, PP, AICP

Division Chief

Born and raised in Jersey City, Francesca attributes her upbringing to her initial interest in urban planning. She earned her undergraduate degree from American University and Master’s from Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning. She started at the County as an intern and has proudly served the residents of Hudson County since 2011.

Kevin Force, PP, AICP

Supervising Planner

A native of Teaneck and current resident of Jersey City, Kevin received his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in 2013, where he concentrated in Community Development and earned a Certificate in Historic Preservation. Kevin’s been with the Division since December 2013.

Samuel Schroeder, PP, AICP

Supervising Planner

Samuel earned his Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he participated in a cooperative education program earning experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors of the planning profession. Samuel recently earned his AICP certification.

Mario Tridente

Building and Zoning Inspector

A native of Hoboken and lifelong Hudson County resident, Mario is the liaison between municipal construction/zoning officials. Mario has received his Zoning Official certification from the Bloustein School of Government Services and has earned his Municipal Shade Tree Management and Hazard Shade Tree Assessment certifications from Rutgers University extension.

Gina Jaramillo, C.P.M.

Office Manager (Executive Assistant)

Gina is an experienced office manager and is skilled in graphic design. Gina ensures that critical functions for the office are carried out and serves as human resource manager for the office. Gina also manages our office’s participation in a high school internship program.

Elizabeth Morales

Bilingual Clerk II Typist

Elizabeth, a Hudson County native, has worked as the bilingual Clerk Typist for the Division of Planning for the past 13 years. She is responsible for facilitating the
efficient functioning of the office. She has a passion for networking with others, and leadership development.

Marcella Traina

Assistant Planner

Marcella, a Hudson County native, received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers Bloustein’s School of Planning and Public Policy in 2020 and began working at the County shortly after. Marcella provides assistance to the Planning Board and with various planning studies, and is also the OPRA designee.

Mark Serrano

Assistant Planner

Mark was born and raised in West New York, where the views of the New York City Skyline inspired him to pursue a career in urban planning.  Mark earned his undergraduate degree and Master’s degree at Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

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