Comprehensive plans should emerge from the shared visions and values of the community. However, the articulation of those visions and values ought to be much more purposeful than a collection of diluted feel-good expressions like “motherhood and apple pie.”
As planners and plan implementers, we advocate for plans that are flexible enough to respond to uncertainty, but specific enough to provide direction for consistent decision-making. In our view, plans should be context-sensitive, fiscally responsible, politically feasible, and responsive to the requirements of applicable state laws.
This is why our approach includes helping our clients to make the hard decisions that calibrate their visions with their means and provide a foundation for implementation. We provide deep analysis and real-time feedback regarding the likely costs and benefits of strategic choices that are raised during the planning process. This ensures that the resulting plan is informed, purposeful, and positioned for implementation.
Of course, as author Clarence Day once observed, “. . . information’s pretty thin stuff, unless mixed with experience.” In this regard, Kendig Keast Collaborative’s principals and senior staff have led project teams and played substantial roles in the preparation of plans for more than 100 towns, cities, and counties across the United States.
KKC’s planning practice includes:
- Comprehensive Planning to establish clear goals and policies for future development, including specific, realistic action strategies and appropriate implementation guidance.
- Land Use Planning (including General Planning, Special Area Planning and Corridor Planning) to promote development and land use patterns that facilitate economic development, enhance mobility, manage and protect natural resources, protect or enhance neighborhood and community character, and promote public-sector fiscal responsibility.
- Scenario Planning using the firm’s proprietary software known as SAVES™, to “test” alternative land use and growth scenarios with respect to their likely impacts on population, employment, housing, infrastructure (water, wastewater, and solid waste), parks and open space, and education systems.
- Environmental Planning to manage a range of resources (e.g., floodplains, wetlands, water bodies, forests and woodlands, prairies, steep slopes, unstable slopes or soils, threatened or endangered species habitats, wellhead protection areas, hurricane surge areas, and earthquake hazard areas) and reduce hazards to people and property, often by setting the stage for land use regulations or other implementation initiatives.
- Strategic Planning to assess current conditions and future trends, pinpoint specific opportunities and challenges, and establish a prioritized action agenda for public action and investment.
- Economic Development Planning to help communities identify and leverage key economic assets, diversify activities to enhance resilience, and better understand local and regional market conditions.