Jason L. Kasler, AICP, PP

President, Kasler Associates, P.A.
Zoning Officer – River Edge 2003-2004

Masters of Urban Planning,
University of Michigan, 1993

Bachelor of Science, Geography,
University of Wisconsin, 1991

Jason L. Kasler has worked with Kasler Associates, P.A., and its predecessors in title, since 1989.  The firm of Kasler Associates, P.A. is believed to be one of the first New Jersey planning firm to utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in its planning activity.  Jason is highly trained in AutoCad, ArcCad,  ArcGIS 9.3, ArcView 3.3, as well as ArcView’s 3-D Analyst.  

Jason operates and is responsible for the inclusion of GIS programs in the master plans of Montvale, Englewood Cliffs, Hackensack, Ridgefield Park, Maywood, Bergenfield, Bogota, Bloomingdale, Hawthorne, Morristown, Verona and Garwood and Roselle.  These community master plan programs are some of the first in New Jersey to utilize this cutting edge technology.  This technology also played an instrumental part in a study prepared for Orangetown, New York concerning the reuse of the Rockland County Psychiatric Center.

Jason has provided site plan and subdivision review for planning boards and boards of adjustment.  Through the use of the firm’s GIS system, Jason Kasler incorporates color aerial imagery, wetland maps, as well as other environmental information.   These reports provide valuable information and insight aiding the Board members in their decision making process.

Jason has provided expert testimony before numerous Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment.  Some of his cases included the expansion of a non-conforming use, a use variance for a hotel, a use variance for a home occupation, preservation of an historic site, and opposition to a cellular tower in a residential zone.  Jason Kasler has also represented several condominium associations and houses of worship in land use matters.  Jason Kasler has testified in eleven counties including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.

Jason Kasler has also testified in Court on behalf of the Borough of Fort Lee, the Borough of Rochelle Park, the City of Hackensack, as well as private clients located in Saddle Brook, Sayerville, Cherry Hill, Montville and Byram. 

 Teaching / Lecturing

Lecturer, New Jersey Planning Officials –Basic Accreditation Program: New and Experienced Board Members, February 2009, March 2008, October 2007, November 2006, February 2006, March 2005, March, 2004, September, 2002, March, 2002, March, 2001, May, 2000, February, 1999.

New Jersey League of Municipalities, Adult Oriented Businesses & Defendable Ordinances, November, 2003

Panelist, New Jersey League of Municipalities, The Re-examination report – Do it Right! Do it Often!  November, 2002

Instructor, Rutgers University, Basic Review of the Municipal Land Use Law, April 15, 2000.

Lecturer, New Jersey League of Municipalities, GIS = Powerful Municipal Planning Tool, November, 1999.

Lecturer, New Jersey Planning Officials – NJPO State Planning Conference: Planning with GIS, June, 1997

Lecturer, New Jersey Planning Officials – Union County Basic Accreditation Program: Residential Site Improvement Standards & New Board Members, March, 1997

Teaching Assistant, Legal Aspects of Planning, Graduate Level Course, University of Michigan, Department of Urban Planning, 1993


Media Coverage

“Verona may rezone hundreds of properties”, Verona-Cedar Grove Tomes, January 21, 2010.

 “Multi-family homes to be rezoned as single family wood”, Cranford Chronicle, December 4, 2009.

 “Rail service is core of Garwood Master Plan”, Cranford Chronicle, September 11, 2009.

 “Franklin planners, residents wrangle”, Star Ledger, January 20, 2006

 Cable News 8 (CN8), December 2, 2002 : Topic : Senior Housing

 “Boom hits the over-55 housing market”, Bergen Record, December 2, 2002

 “Downtown is no longer passee – it’s crucial”, Bergen Record, September 30, 2002

 “Seniors Village Planners to consider rezoning for housing”, Bergen Record, September 26, 2002

 Bloomingdale Main Street is just a name, but officials say Downtown is a feel”, Bergen Record, September 27, 2002

 “Bloomingdale weighs plan for 425-unit adult community”, Bergen Record, September 27, 2002

 “Mishmash on Main”, Bergen Record, September 27, 2002

 “Bloomingdale plan to bolster business strip draws flak”, Bergen Record, September 26, 2002

 “Revitalization expenses troubles business owners”, Bergen Record, September 15, 2002.

 “Planner cites deficiencies in Sprint plan”, Suburban Trends, April 10, 2002.



 President, Springfield Park Place Condominium Association Springfield, NJ 1996 – 1998

 President, Urban Planning Student Association, University of Michigan, 1992 – 1993

 Research Assistant, Negotiation and Mediation in the Planning Process, University of Michigan, Department of Urban Planning, 1993

 Most Outstanding Student Award, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), 1993.



GIS in New Jersey – A decade of difference. The Planner, New Jersey Planning Officials, September 2003.

Preparing the Master Plan Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) The Municipal Master Plan Manual, Chapter 2, New Jersey Planning Officials, 1997.


Professional Licenses / Organizations:

New Jersey Professional Planner #05240
American Institute of Certified Planners #10084                                                                                

New Jersey Planning Officials, Board of Planning Counselors

Council On Affordable Housing (COAH)
                     Legal, Planning and Financial Issues Task Force

American Planning Association