Comprehensive + Master Planning
Our passion is creating great places.
Our comprehensive design process starts with a thorough site analysis effort, identifying all of the natural, man-made, and political characteristics of a site, area, or region. With a clear understanding of the opportunities and constraints of the project, we develop plans which respond positively to site conditions, creating great places to live, work, and play. Our teams of planners, landscape architects, and civil engineers work in a collaborative environment to perform work in the areas of planning. As a product of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, our design solutions are not just creatively conceived, but they work. It is important that the places we design can be built and will function well for the end-user. We design projects with long-term maintenance and management in mind, assembling our teams of Planners, Landscape Architects, Engineers and Surveyors under one roof, streamlining communication to result in a more efficient, cost-effective process.
Comprehensive Land Use Planning
We embrace the role of land steward in the projects that we undertake and understand what makes a community livable: respect for the local environment. Our planners are experts at identifying the essential elements and natural resources of a region and then coupling that knowledge with a community’s individual goals in developing visionary plans. Whether developing sub-area plans, plans for future transportation corridors, or creating zoning and development guidelines for an area, our team strives to meet our clients’ needs and to preserve the natural and cultural identity of “place” as we create the visionary plan for future growth.
Parks and Open Space Master Planning
We recognize the importance of outdoor recreation opportunities, and the direct impact they have on the quality of life we experience in our communities. Our professionals specialize in the thoughtful planning and execution of park and open space projects, with clientele that includes municipal, county, park, forest and conservation district clients as well as private developers. Parks and open space master plans help to guide open space acquisition and connect neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, and large community parks.
Urban and Municipal Planning
The urban cores of our communities are the historical, cultural and economic centers of activity. They are what identify a community, both to its residents as well as its visitors. We are leaders in providing urban design services. We understand the economic potential associated with urban perception and we specialize in designing unique places that will be catalysts for urban revitalization and are a source of community pride. Recognizing that every community has a unique history is paramount to our approach.
Theming and Wayfinding
We develop both theming and wayfinding plans that create a “sense of place” and clearly guide people through the use of signage, logos, landscape architectural elements, architectural control, and consistent site furnishings.
Funding Strategies and Grant Preparation
We collaborate and assist our clients in developing funding strategies for acquiring, developing and redeveloping property for the useful benefit of their residents. Our grant preparation experts evaluate opportunities and prepare professional applications that secure funding, turning plans into reality.