Municipal Planning

Designing a single building presents multiple challenges. And municipal planning involves much more than designing multiple buildings. Shaping the contours of a community has profound and long-lasting effects on people’s quality of life.
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Corridor Studies

Whether an urban corridor, suburban arterial, or transit corridor, we approach transportation and community planning as integral to one another to develop solutions that balance the needs of multi-modal users, create a strong community identity, act as seams that bring communities together, serve as economic engines, and use a place-based approach to create walkable, safe, and healthy destinations.

Area, Specific, and Sector Plans

Beginning With the premise that plans must be Consensus-Based, Reality-Tested, and Implementation Oriented, we approach each effort with an understanding that there is an  s an inextricable relationship between Policy Planning, Urban Design (or Physical Planning), Building Design and Real Estate Economics.  This allows us to develop realistic and fundamentally implementable solutions beyond typical boundaries (be those physical, political, policy, markets, etc.) to find the “right” solution for a community.

Form-Based Code

We believe that Form-Based Codes are the most effective and predictable method of regulation that communities can adopt to deliver consensus visions. These codes are an integral part of our planning practice, and the best testaments to their effectiveness are realized community visions.  Rather than developing formulaic codes, we recognize that each community has a unique culture, goals, politics, and processes and therefore craft codes that meet the individual needs of a community.

Design Guidelines

We create form-based codes and guidelines to help municipalities and developers establish the framework that will guide desirable development in the future.

Public Outreach and Consensus Building

Comprehensive planning and design cannot be achieved in isolation from residents and other stakeholders affected by the project. Inclusive community engagement and stakeholder outreach are critical to arriving at consensus and building support for community plans. This is the only way implementation is likely to occur. We achieve stakeholder and public support through the use of innovative stakeholder outreach methodologies, being inclusive of diverse groups, building effective and clear communication, being responsive, building trust, and creating a sense of ownership.

We believe each new project is an opportunity to create a better world for the people who will live, work, shop and play in that location. Municipal planning only magnifies that opportunity. The fact that our logo-mark is the plan of a Renaissance town in Italy underscores our passion for municipal planning as a means to a more just and sustainable future for all.

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