Area Plans and Implementation Strategies

Every client has unique planning needs and goals. We have expertise in developing area plans and implementation strategies in both big cities and small towns. Our approach synthesizes community goals and input, market and financial considerations, and physical constraints to develop community-supported, implementable area plans.

On planning assignments, we work in multi-firm interdisciplinary teams to offer our clients seamless, best-of-class insights from land planners, engineers, architects, public relations experts and other allied professional disciplines. Our planning practice is informed by our experience in the realms of public-private partnerships and development finance to give our clients a unique focus on feasibility and implementation.


Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

We have developed community-sensitive, transit-oriented development plans for areas served by Amtrak, commuter rail, urban rail and bus service. We have also worked directly for regional transit agencies on TOD issues. This broad range of experience allows us to bring a robust toolbox of best practices as well as site and market-specific insights to each TOD planning engagement.


We are successful in developing downtown plans using three core strengths of the firm: experience engaging the public in a productive visioning process; providing insight into the unique market opportunities in a downtown; and developing strategies sensitive to the economic challenges of redevelopment.

Corridors and Interchanges

We are experienced in helping communities plan to maximize the benefits of auto-oriented transportation improvements and/or build on existing transportation infrastructure such as water and/or freight rail access. Transportation assets and improvements can dramatically change the market opportunities within a community. Our plans help communities project and capture the economic development potential resulting from key transportation assets and improvements.

Subarea / District Plans

These plans are similar to downtown plans but focus on smaller neighborhoods or districts within a community. These foci can include: a sports or entertainment district, a “second downtown” or commercial district, a waterfront, a university or medical district, and others. Understanding the key district focal points and their potential to grow and drive additional development is crucial to creating a thoughtful subarea plan.

Comprehensive Plans

Longer term thinking is vital to a strong comprehensive plan. Our approach integrates analyses of demographic and economic sectoral trends into the planning process to help communities identify, prioritize and strategize opportunities to capture land uses with longer term potential for growth. These analyses also help communities recognize uses where future demand will decline so that they can plan accordingly.

Catalytic Sites

When communities identify priority development sites with the potential to catalyze broader redevelopment, they are interested in understanding, in-depth, those key sites’ characteristics and potential opportunities. We have helped communities evaluate the various market and economic potentials of these catalytic sites at two levels of analysis: (1) the sites, themselves and (2) the broader potential benefits that redevelopment could bring to the surrounding area.