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Planning

Enriching Community Livability

Sustainable, vibrant, and equitable communities spring from great plans. At Snyder & Associates, we guide communities to identify their vision of the future.

Beginning with the initial stages of community engagement through the adoption of the plan, we use a comprehensive, forward-thinking approach. Community input is gathered through public engagement sessions such as open houses, charrettes, and online tools that are tailored to each community. Using this input, we guide stakeholders to reach confident, informed goals and objectives.

By collaborating with stakeholders and utilizing the diverse expertise of our team, we craft plans that carefully consider community character and needs to improve community quality of life. From plan development through implementation, we coordinate with public officials, regulatory agencies, funding authorities, and other stakeholders to foster project success. With a focus on community resources and character, we create plans with clear strategies for implementation.

Planning for Resiliency

Our goal is to guide the development and implementation of plans that promote healthy, resilient communities capable of responding and adapting to change. We work with our clients to understand the unique interplay between social dimensions and the built environment that affects their community’s ability to recover from social, environmental, and economic setbacks. We analyze natural disaster data looking for patterns and suggest cost-effective solutions. For unexpected economic events like statewide downturns or the loss of a local employer, we can help create plans to stabilize losses while encouraging recovery and growth.

Our Community Planning Principles

We strive to implement our firm’s planning principles throughout the lifetime of a project which includes:

Collaboration

Best practices for planning and engineering are only effective if they fit the character and needs of the community. We work closely with our clients to facilitate public and stakeholder engagement throughout the planning process to ensure their plans have the support needed to move forward.

Sustainability

Our plans emphasize environmental and economic sustainability by utilizing best practices for efficient land use planning, infrastructure planning and design, and engineering design, which are adapted to our clients’ unique needs.

Equity

Every project affects people differently depending on their proximity and personal circumstances. We incorporate sensitivity and situational analyses into our projects to ensure that costs and benefits are distributed equitably and certain demographics are not disproportionately affected.

Natural Resources Management

Natural resources should be carefully utilized or protected to limit ecosystem impacts and prevent resource loss. We offer a range of services to help manage natural resources, including wetland delineation, bat and avian inventories, mapping, and NEPA compliance for publicly funded projects.

Resilience

Our goal is to assist in the development and implementation of plans that foster healthy communities capable of responding and adapting to economic, environmental, and social change.

Transportation Options

We work closely with clients to determine the best options for their community’s transportation and budgetary needs. From expanding transportation options to increasing traffic safety and mobility, our planning and engineering team can lend expertise.

Smart Development

For growing cities, we help determine the best areas for future development that minimize conflicts, improve quality of life, and maximize development potential.

How We Can Help

Comprehensive & Land Use Planning

Comprehensive plans are community-wide, long-range plans that address future land use, public services, economic development, and fiscal planning.

Growth Management

Map rendering of a cities bike and pedestrian trails.

Annexation studies evaluate both the benefit and cost of incorporating land into a city.

Community Master Planning

Master plans target the development or revitalization of a neighborhood, downtown, park, or public space.

Transportation Planning

Our transportation plans take current needs and future demands into account to create safe, efficient transportation networks while maintaining community character.

Bicycles & Pedestrians

Non-motorized transportation networks are created through a variety of facility types, education and encouragement efforts, and funding assistance.

Ordinance & Policy Updates

We review ordinances and policies to address emerging trends, ensure that local regulations are in-line with applicable state and federal laws, and keep communities competitive for economic growth.

Development Review

From simple site plan reviews to complex subdivisions and specialty projects, we tailor development reviews to each client’s unique needs.

GIS & Asset Management

GIS is ideal for storage, management, and analysis of spatial information in order to identify trends and assist with planning decisions.

Public Engagement & Meeting Facilitation

A variety of in-person and online techniques are used to engage our client communities. We may lead an open house, charrette, focus group, or piggyback onto an existing event such as a farmers’ market or community fair. Online engagement may include project websites, social media, interactive mapping, and surveys.