Kendig Keast Collaborative’s implementation and regulatory practice includes evaluating, drafting, and amending land development regulations (e.g., zoning, subdivision, etc.). Through thorough analysis and close attention to community input, expressed concerns and aspirations, and the existing track record of process and results, we tailor regulatory strategies to achieve better outcomes, foster context-sensitive site design, promote creative development practices, and in general, provide a level of additional flexibility that tends to increase predictability and opportunity.

Our implementation and regulatory practice includes drafting land development regulations in more than 100 jurisdictions across the nation, including complete code rewrites, subdivision regulations, code amendments for specific purposes, interim ordinances to ensure protection of community character or resources while permanent regulations are drafted, code critiques, and model codes. Our principals and senior staff have also drafted proposed zoning amendments on behalf of private-sector clients who seek to develop or redevelop property in innovative ways that are not otherwise permitted under existing zoning regulations.

Of course, plan implementation is more than regulation. As such, our practice also includes such non-regulatory measures as creating frameworks for inter-local agreements, public-private partnerships, and transfer or purchase of development rights. Our plan implementation practice includes:

  • Code Evaluations and Performance Assessments to identify gaps and shortcomings in existing regulations and recommend amendments to ensure that the plan and code will work hand-in-hand.
  • Code Drafting to assist jurisdictions to craft first-time or rewritten ordinances that reflect the plans, values, and perspectives of the community.
  • Code Amendments to add entire new components to existing ordinances and position the community for particular challenges and opportunities, such as housing variety and affordability, transit-oriented development, and protection of assets, such as natural and historic resources.
  • Unification of Development Codes to integrate, update, and streamline various development-related regulatory standards and associated administrative procedures that are often scattered across the existing code of ordinances.
  • Zoning District Map review, preparation, and revisions to respond to a new or updated Comprehensive Plan, and to implement new regulatory strategies in targeted locations.
  • Facilitation of Code Drafting and Amendment Processes to engage community leaders and stakeholders effectively and ensure that potential code amendments and enhancements are on target and likely to be accepted.
  • Guidance and Support for various other aspects of implementation besides regulation, including annexation, capital improvements planning, public financing vehicles, external grant opportunities, and intergovernmental and public/private partnerships.
  • Commission, Board and Administration Training for Planning and Zoning Commissioners, members of the Boards of Adjustment and Appeals, as well as planning administrators and the staff of other departments who together, are responsible for application receipt, plan review, inspection, and enforcement, as well as ordinance and zoning administration, and staffing of commission and board of appeals meetings.
  • Electronic Publication of land development regulations using ZoningPlus™, which provides intuitive web-based access to zoning ordinances and other graphics-rich regulatory documents.


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