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Planning Consultant to Community Development Agency

City of Union City Requests Proposals from Individuals or Firms
Interested in Serving as “Planning Consultant” to Community
Development Agency (“CDA”) for the Period July 1, 2020 through
June 30, 2021


    Pursuant to the Fair and Open Process described under N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq., the City of Union City (“City”) seeks proposals from interested vendors in response to this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to serve as “Planning Consultant to the City of Union City and the CDA for a contract period from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  All candidates are required to comply with N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq and N.J.A.C. 17:27 et seq. as amended.  (Affirmative Action, see Exhibit A attached hereto).  The successful candidate must have significant experience in municipal planning and drafting planner’s reports with respect to applications for development.  The successful candidate will provide the City with services related, but not necessarily limited to:

1.    Entitlement grant funds (“grant”) received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).

2.    Rules and regulations of HUD related to the grant.

3.    Preparation of documentation for the Community Development Program (“the Program”) for the pending fiscal year.

4.    Securing the grant agreement from HUD for the Program.

5.    Providing services in connection with the execution of the program after the grant agreement for the Program has been entered into with HUD.

6.    Advice and assistance to the City and the Program Director in the execution of all projects comprising the year’s Program in accordance with applicable law, rules and regulations.

7.    Advice and assistance to the City and the Program Director with respect to the completion of the various eligible activities described in the Program.

8.    Advice and assistance to the City and the Program Director with respect to any amendment to the Program if required.

9.    Assist in the preparation of all reports and information publications for the Program, as required and/or requested by the City or the Program Director, including Environmental Assessments, Requests for Release of Funds, program benefits analysis and others.

10.    Advice and technical assistance to the Community Development staff of the City and representation at meetings with the City, Housing Authority, the County, State and Federal officials, civic and other organizations and others, as required in connection with the carrying out of the execution of the Program. 

11.    Any other matters as directed by the City.
Each candidate shall submit proof of business registration with the New Jersey Division of Taxation (P.L. 2004, C.57) prior to the award of contract but preferably with their proposal.  If awarded a contract, your company/firm shall be required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et. seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27. (See Exhibit A attached hereto).
Proposers are advised that the contract with the successful proposer will permit the City to make payments to the successful proposer for approved services in accordance with, and within the time permitted by, the law governing prompt payment of public contracts for the purchase of goods and services.

Professional Information and Qualifications
    Copies of this standardized submission requirements and selection criteria are on file and available from the Office of the City Clerk.  Each interested candidate shall submit the following information:

1.    Name of firm or individual;

2.    Address of principal place of business and all other offices and corresponding telephone and fax numbers.  Please note specifically which consultants will be assigned to work with the City;

3.    Description of candidate’s education, experience, qualifications, number of years with the firm and a description of their experience with projects similar to those described above;

4.    Experience related to municipal planning;

5.    At least four (4) references, three (3) of which must have knowledge of your service to public entities;

6.    The candidate’s ability to provide the services in a timely fashion (including staffing, familiarity and location of key staff);

7.    Cost details, including the hourly rates of each of the individuals who will perform the services and the time estimates for each individual, all expenses, and where appropriate, total cost of “not to exceed” amount;

8.    Statement of corporate ownership (c.52:25-24.2) (form provided);

9.    Business Registration Certificate (prior to the award of contract but preferably with the proposal);

10.    Disclosure of Investment Activities in Iran Form (c.52:32-55, et seq.) (form provided);

11.    Statement, see attached, executed by a corporate officer, member, partner or   sole proprietor certifying that there are no prior or pending ethics complaints against them or their company; and

12.    The successful proposer must comply with the requirements set forth in the Mandatory Equal Employment Opportunity language included herewith (Exhibit A); and

Selection Criteria

    The selection criteria used in awarding a contract or agreement for professional services as described herein shall include:

1.    Qualifications of the individuals who will perform the tasks and the degree of their respective participation;

2.    Experience and references;

3.    Ability to perform the task in a timely fashion, including staffing and familiarity with the subject matter; and

4.    Cost competitiveness.

    Submission Requirements

    Sealed proposals will be publicly opened by the Union City Clerk in her offices at Union City Hall, 3715 Palisade Avenue, Union City, at 1:30 PM on July 24, 2020.  Sealed proposals must be received no later than 1:30 PM on July 24, 2020 by:

Erin M. Knoedler, City Clerk
City of Union City
3715 Palisade Avenue
Union City, New Jersey 07087

Please submit one original and two (2) copies of the RFP.  Use white 8 ½” x 11” paper.

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