Prior to serving as President of Danch, Harner & Associates, Mike Danch served as Senior Planner at the St. Joseph County Area Plan Commission for 10 years, overseeing the subdivision approval process and rezoning procedure as well as writing and updating subdivision and zoning ordinances. Mike brought that experience to Danch, Harner & Associates. Expanding upon that expertise, he created one of the premiere planning firms in the region.

Proper planning on the front end of any project creates the path to a successful project outcome. We provide our clients with a full range of planning services which allows projects to move from a simple concept on sketch paper to a built project. We are involved with our clients in every step of the development process to guide them through a range of municipal procedures, public hearings and administrative reviews (that can include rezoning of property), variances from existing development standards, requests for special exceptions, annexation of properties, vacations of public right-of-ways, and the formal subdividing of property. We represent our clients at public hearings to explain projects and to request their formal approval.

We also provide services to prepare master planning for larger developments. This has included large tracts of vacant land and future development of local university and college campuses, including Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross. With that philosophy in mind, Danch, Harner & Associates offers a wide array of planning services:

  • Site Plan & P.U.D. approvals
  • Rezoning Petitions
  • Variance & Use Variance Petitions
  • Annexation Petitions
  • All Variations of the Subdivision Process
  • Public Right-of-Way Vacations



Civil Engineering is one of the founding services offered to all levels of our public and private sector clients. We pride ourselves on providing the absolute finest solutions to their needs. Several of the driving factors in our dedicated approach is the sustainability of our design, the creativity in our solutions, and the obligation to our client’s best interests. Our product is our reputation. It’s with this commitment that we have become experts in providing the following engineering services:

  • Custom engineered site plans
  • Feasibility and Operational studies for community development
  • Sanitary sewer System design
  • Stormwater Design and Management using Best Management Practices
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention
  • Local, State and Federal Permit Applications
  • Complete Construction Cost Estimates
  • Construction Documentation & Specifications
  • Construction Inspection and Supervision



At Danch, Harner & Associates our mission is to provide accurate survey services at an affordable price by using the latest GPS (Global Positioning System) systems, electronic robotic total stations, and the latest field to office technology on the market to streamline the overall timeline of your project. Combined with over 50 years of practical, professional surveying and construction knowledge Danch Harner & Associates can assist you with all of your survey needs.

  • ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys
  • Commercial and Residential Boundary Surveys
  • Topographical Surveys
  • Mortgage Surveys
  • Route Surveys (Right-of-Way Survey)
  • Subdivisions
  • Elevation Certifications
  • GIS services (Geographic Information System)
  • Construction Staking



Danch, Harner & Associates has a strong foundation in utilizing the design principles of Landscape Architecture. The focus of our landscape architects is to add creativity to all our projects while being flexible and attentive to our client's needs. These principles are incorporated into every aspect of our multi-disciplined projects. Our landscape architects have the specialized experience to see all the pieces of any project and to put it together. Whatever the challenge, they strive to create places that engage people. They shape the land to bring people together and that creates community. We pride ourselves on designing effective, high-quality and enduring landscapes - significant spaces that will last for generations. With this approach, our landscape architectural services include:

  • Site Analysis, Inventory, & Design
  • Master Planning
  • Vision Feasibility Studies
  • Plaza Design
  • Streetscape Design
  • Brownfield Development
  • Commercial and Mixed Use
  • Campus Master Planning
  • Healthcare
  • Wellness Garden Design
  • Urban Parks
  • Wayfinding Signage
  • Memorial Design
  • Planting Design
  • Hardscape Design