The Planning Associates (TPA) is a professional urban planning firm with over 30 years experience in city planning, zoning, and land use entitlements areas. 


Founded in 1984 by Hardy Strozier (Retired), TPA has focused its activities in the California marketplace. TPA employs various contract consultants in order to avoid inefficient corporate hierarchy, and provide maximum value. 


The firm’s principal, Howard Hardin is supported by associates 

Jack C. Turner, Phd,  Jesus Navidad, Siji Fernandez, Alex Kang, and William Woerz. Additionally, the firm utilizes other technical experts when required by the specific assignment. 


TPA has significant experience with both government and private development companies in California and Arizona relating to land planning, environmental studies, public hearings, zoning and entitlement matters on hundreds of successful residential, commercial and industrial projects, including major entitlements with the Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, State Department of Fish and Game and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 


TPA is involved in professional endeavors that place the team in the forefront of major professional planning associations, such as the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. These activities have provided TPA with the knowledge of and professional relationships to planning and governmental professionals throughout the state.  Our professional activities also give TPA’s public and private clients formal and informal professional access to key personnel, both administrative and elected, at all levels of local, state and federal government.


The firm has worked under contract to a number of public agencies in California, providing a variety of planning, environmental and administrative services direct to the agency. During the past ten years, the firm has served as consultant to:




Orange County  

Riverside County

Los Angeles County

Ventura County

San Diego County

San Bernardino County


Dos Lagos, LLC 

The Presley Companies

Warmington Homes

Brighton Homes

Turner Development Company

Murdock Development Company

Long Beach Equities

Wilmore Development Company

Forest City Development Company

Great American Development Company

Castle & Cooke

William Lyon Homes

Sage Communities

KB Homes


AirTouch Cellular

Elsinore Valley Water Municipal District

Southern California Edison