Allison Bittner is the Regional Planner and Land Preservation Coordinator at the Highlands Council. Allison helps oversee the Highlands Development Credit (HDC) Purchase Program and Open Space Partnership Funding Program, as well as coordination with the HDC Bank. She also serves as liaison to local governments regarding plan conformance activities including planning, land development regulations, grant funding, and resource protections.

Prior to joining the Highlands Council, she worked for the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan as an Assistant City Planner, working on both short-term and long-range planning projects for the city, and was the staff liaison to the Sustainability Commission, which focused on environmental conservation and improvements. She also worked as a Management Analyst for Evesham Township, where she worked on a wide variety of governmental projects, programs, and conducted various research. Her experience in local government and local planning with focus in environmental protection helps provide a unique skillset to the various Highlands municipalities and programs.

Allison has a B.A, in History from Rutgers University and minors in Classics, Education, and Political Science. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a Certificate in City Management from Villanova University. In addition, she has coursework from the Bloustein School of Urban Planning, and is currently working to become a licensed Professional Planner.