The most successful urban planning projects are built on a strong foundation of community involvement. It begins with our clients, of course, listening and engaging with them to understand their objectives and goals. Community stakeholders are vital participants, too, in a transparent, community-led process. Then we augment those insights with hard data—harnessing research and spatial analysis to develop solutions that fit each community’s context, capacity and long-term vision.
Integrating process and product, SmithGroup’s interdisciplinary planning team develops comprehensive frameworks for implementation that address phasing, policy changes and partnerships. They bring substantial experience to each new project, able to think at multiple scales, foresee and overcome potential obstacles, develop alternate scenarios and design concepts, and facilitate consensus building.