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
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Francesca Giarratana, PP, AICP
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
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
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.
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.
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, 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 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.