Planning

Comprehensive Planning Approach

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 community stakeholders and leveraging the varied expertise of our team, we craft plans that carefully consider community character and needs to improve the quality of life within the communities we serve. 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 leveraging community resources and highlighting community character, we create plans with clear strategies for implementation.


Creating Resilient Communities

Our goal is to assist in the development and implementation of plans that promote healthy, resilient communities with the capacity for 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 options like restoring stream buffers and wetlands or implementing bioretention basins to mitigate flooding. For unexpected economic events like statewide downturns or the loss of a local employer, we collaborate with communities in the development of plans to stabilize local losses and establish an environment that encourages recovery and growth.


Our Planning Principles

We strive to implement our firm’s planning principles throughout the lifetime of a project. Snyder & Associates Planning Principles include:

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 deliberate public and stakeholder engagement throughout the planning process to ensure their plans have the support necessary 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 the 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 with 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.


Our Services Include:

 

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

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

 

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 networks for various modes of transportation while maintaining community character.

 

Trails, Bicycles, & Pedestrians

We create non-motorized transportation networks through a variety of facility types, education and encouragement efforts, and funding assistance.

 

Ordinance & Policy Updates

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

 

Development Review

We tailor development reviews to our clients’ needs—from simple site plan reviews to complex subdivisions or specialty projects.

 

GIS & Asset Management

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

 

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