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Kendig Keast Collaborative (“KKC”) brings broad and deep experience in planning and plan implementation, from comprehensive plans and land development codes to master plans; corridor studies; special area plans; urban design studies; parks, open space, trails, and recreation plans; economic development plans; and other special projects. Our principals and senior staff bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives from planning, design, architecture, administration, and law, ensuring that our approach is comprehensive and practical.

Comprehensive Planning

The firm’s principals and senior staff have written and managed complete comprehensive plans for communities of all sizes and in all geographic regions. They have also created various components of comprehensive plans including socioeconomic analyses, urban area transportation plans, land use and development impact studies, economic development plans, market analyses, community character analyses and plans, annexation management plans, and various other related elements. 

Plan Implementation

KKC is nationally known for its expertise in zoning ordinance development and administration. Lane Kendig, our founder and the author of the seminal work Performance Zoning, wrote land use regulations and development ordinances for municipal and county jurisdictions of all sizes and generally all geographic regions. Code Practice Leader Todd Messenger continues our long tradition of providing thoughtful solutions to challenging issues.

Our experience includes helping communities develop “first-ever” zoning ordinances and district maps; facilitating public education and outreach efforts; conducting thorough critiques of existing ordinances, standards and development review procedures; providing detailed amendment recommendations as a component of larger planning studies; and writing complete land development codes for numerous jurisdictions across the nation. 

KKC is also a leader in developing innovative model regulatory programs, such as a model land development code to protect the natural springs of Florida.

Master Planning and Urban Design

Sometimes specific locations in a community face planning issues that present complexities that are generally outside of the scope of a comprehensive plan. In this regard, our principals and senior staff have developed numerous award-winning special area plans, redevelopment plans, corridor studies, and site plans for public and private sector clients.

KKC’s multi-disciplinary approach to master planning helps to ensure that the plans are realistic and capable of implementation. In other words, KKC reviews pertinent laws, potential revenue sources, market conditions, and lifestyle preferences within the community to ensure that our clients’ aspirations are consistent with their capabilities, markets, and means.

Parks and Open Space Planning

Throughout the firm’s history, the principals have incorporated park and recreation components into comprehensive plans, providing guidance for staff and key decision-makers to find the right solutions to address community recreation demands, as well as to provide the necessary guidance for pursuing a more comprehensive and separate park, open space, trails, and recreation master plans.  

At the request of our clients, the firm’s principals started to prepare individual plans in order to provide our clients with the level of detail they needed and desired for daily decision-making. Today, KKC offers a full spectrum of park and recreation planning services, including master plans, conceptual designs, programmatic assessments, and related services.

Special Studies and Services

KKC’s principal business is planning and plan implementation at all scales. However, the broad range of experience that KKC brings to that work is also useful in helping communities navigate the contours of individual issues that may arise in policy development, application processing, or litigation. KKC’s principals and senior staff assist client communities with research about new and emerging issues in advance of code amendments; enhance the staff capabilities of local governments; and serve as expert witnesses in litigation. 

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