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Visual Assessment

Saratoga provides visual assessment services for a great variety of project types including renewable energy, traditional power generation and transmission systems, industrial, land and natural resource management, residential, and transportation projects.

Accuracy Matters

Scenic Resource Management


At Saratoga Associates, we specialize in Scenic Resource Management and Visual Impact Assessment services, a practice area dedicated to enhancing the harmony between development projects and the natural environment. Our team of experts is passionate about creating sustainable solutions that not only meet regulatory requirements but also elevate the aesthetic quality of every project.

Unlocking the Language of Planning Boards

In the realm of Scenic Resource Management, effective communication with Planning and Zoning Boards is not just a skill; it’s an art. At Saratoga Associates, we’ve mastered this art. We know how to speak the language of regulators, how to articulate the nuances of visual impact, and how to navigate the complexities of development planning seamlessly.

Our Expertise

Saratoga Associates is more than a consultancy – we are Visual Analysts. We specialize in Scenic Resource Management and are renowned for our ability to bridge the gap between visionary design and regulatory compliance. We provide a suite of services that includes 3D modeling and 2D photorealistic simulations, transforming your projects into vivid, tangible representations.

National Recognition

Saratoga Associates is a national leader in the specialized discipline of visual impact assessment and scenic resource management. Our services cater to both developers and review agencies, with a sharp focus on compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Program Policy, and local planning and zoning regulations.

With Saratoga Associates by your side, your projects don’t just meet expectations; they exceed them. Let us be your partners in creating visually appealing, environmentally responsible, and regulation-compliant projects. Together, we’ll navigate the intricate landscape of development with precision and creativity.


Our team was handpicked to serve as select peer reviewers for the groundbreaking New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidance document on assessing and mitigating visual impact. As landscape architects, architects, engineers, and planners, we embed a commitment to aesthetic quality in every project, regardless of its type or scale. It’s a core value that informs our work, ensuring that your projects not only meet regulatory standards but elevate the visual landscape.

Visual Assessment Services:

Our comprehensive suite of services includes:

  • Impact Assessment/Regulatory Compliance
  • Project Visualization (simulation + animation)
  • Night Lighting/Shadow Analysis
  • Zone of Visual Influence (Viewshed) Mapping
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Public Outreach
  • Land Use and Zoning Policy, Standards + Guidelines
  • Expert Testimony

We Are With You Every Step Of The Way