Community Planning is the framework from which present and future challenges are addressed in a thoughtful stakeholder-driven process. The complexity of challenges in our land use, community, and school planning assignments requires a diversity of professional expertise and training.
Each assignment is directed by senior planning staff that has the resources of our entire organisation available to them. Planning is not a linear, rigid process, but rather evolves during the planning period with input from the community and stakeholders and analysis of data.
How can SLR help?
As “what ifs” and “whys” emerge, our staff provides creative solutions based on best practises and sound analysis using GIS, public outreach, and traditional and new media resources. Our staff members pride themselves on their ability to work effectively with public and private sector stakeholders, as well as the general public, to forge consensus and achieve the desired outcome for every assignment.
Our services include:
Our planning experience ranges from small towns and villages looking to update their comprehensive plans and zoning regulations to urban canters seeking to create a sustainable long-term vision to school systems seeking guidance with enrolment projections and redistricting plans.
Working closely with the community’s leadership, we carefully listen to the aspirations of the community, facilitate and articulate a clear community-driven vision, and develop realistic strategies that are tailored to your individual needs.
- Comprehensive Plans
- Zoning & Land Use
- Housing, Economic & Demographic Studies
- Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plans
- Redevelopment & Economic Development Plans
- Market & Feasibility Studies
- Community Outreach, Consensus Building, & Story Mapping
Our team includes
Robert Collins, AICP is a Principal Planner with extensive experience working in many facets of a public planning department including managing and reviewing current planning projects, land development, permit and zoning review, developing and administering comprehensive plans and amendments, and managing and coordinating multifaceted community revitalisation and conservation plans and projects. He is experienced in land development, site plan and zoning review, community outreach, citizen interaction, coordination and mediation, and physical improvement project implementation and management. Robert is also a skilled presenter, communicator, and facilitator of public meetings as well as community participatory workshops and multidisciplinary teams. He is involved in professional planning work that promotes community needs, implements change, and builds healthy, vibrant communities.
Karen Martin, AICP, has worked as an urban planner in a wide range of community typologies in Connecticut and Massachusetts with expertise in comprehensive planning, affordable housing, project review and permitting, site development, zoning review and amendments, economic development and revitalisation, and public engagement. Her work focuses on making planning concepts and processes understandable and accessible to the public.
Manager of Landscape Architecture
Marks leads the Landscape Architecture team in the United States. He is responsible for the project development and management of design, coordination, specifications, cost estimates, construction documents, and permit applications for various projects of size and complexity.
He has designed greenways, streetscapes, passive and active parks, environmental restorations, recreational facilities, athletic facilities, urban redevelopment and revitalisations, commercial site developments, and conventional and open space subdivisions.
Principal Landscape Architect
Vincent McDermott has over 50 years of experience with planning, engineering, and land development firms, as well as with governmental and academic institutions. He is responsible for technical oversight on such projects as streetscape improvements, land use planning, parks and recreational facilities, bikeways and greenways, community and master planning, and site development for commercial and residential facilities. He is routinely involved in community development and public outreach programmes.
Vincent has contributed to the recognition and advancement of landscape architecture through his extensive service on the Connecticut Board of Landscape architects and his leadership and involvement as President of the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1997