Community Planning & Design

First and foremost, is an organization that is dedicated to community building.  This is undertaken through carefully designed planning and design processes which have been developed and honed over multiple decades by a multitude of experts from around the United States.  We have learned to study the best of our urban development patterns both around the country and throughout the world.  In these studies we have learned to first identify the DNA of these great places, and then how to extract that DNA through carefully designed processes.  Within these extraction exercises our experience allows us to utilize the metrics through applying them to advanced zoning codes and regulations.

The Green Triangle

Our city planning & design services can be understood in the context of the "Green Triangle" of Economics, Market and Policy.

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1. Economics

Economics plays the role of governing the financial considerations that are part of the decision making pertinent to the built environment. Economics often serve as a measuring stick for whether certain decisions can be made. If a particular decision does/doesn’t “pencil” it typically is an easy decision to make as to whether to move forward or not. 


2. Market

Market is the execution of making the built environment a reality. It is the process undertaken which delivers the end results that we as human beings then have/get to experience the built world made up of streets, buildings, and civic space.

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3. Policy

Policy governs the manner in which the built environment is allowed to occur from the general perspective of the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. Policy sets the rules and has a direct impact on the “output” of what and how the built environment looks and feels once it is in place.

“The spaces between the buildings are as important
as the quantity of space inside the buildings.”
- Victor Dover -

What must be clearly understood about these governing elements is that in order to achieve the creation of the built environment Economics, Policy, and Market have to be in sync with each other. Without willing participants on all three sides of the triangle nothing happens.  If the Economics work (available money), supporting Policy is in place (zoning), but unwilling Market conditions (developers), there will be no activity. If the Economics are supportive, and a willing Market, but unwilling Policy, again there will be no activity. This arrangement works the same way if there is a supportive Market and Policy but no support with Economics.

Our work at involves ensuring the alignment of Economics, Market, and Policy.  This is done through carefully crafted work strategies, such as the following:

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1. Economics

  • Economic Feasibility Analysis

  • Demographic Capacity Analysis

  • Durable Wealth Analysis

  • Neighborhood/Centers Development Analysis

  • Economic Due Diligence

2. Market

  • Development Scenario Planning

  • Development Capacity Planning

  • Market Intensity Analysis

  • Building Type Integration

  • Market Due Diligence

3. Policy

  • Visioning

  • Site Analysis & Regulatory Review

  • Code Calibration / Development Metrics

  • Zoning Code Analysis

  • Synoptic Survey Analysis

  • Urban Design Guidelines/Standards

  • Development Approvals