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

  • David Woods, FAICP Manager of Planning
    David Woods, FAICP

    David Woods, PhD, FAICP, PP is the Manager of Planning and brings over 40 years of exemplary leadership experience as a public servant, non-profit organisation leader, and consultant in private practise in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Washington, and other parts of the country. His academic background includes advanced degrees in urban planning, urban sociology, and public administration. In addition, David has been elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), the highest honour the American Planning Association gives to planners “in recognition of exemplary leadership, high standards, outstanding achievements, and distinguished contributions of the art and science of planning.” Throughout his career, David has focused on providing intelligent and responsive leadership that affects sustainable change, effectively managing fellow professionals through training and results-driven benchmarks, and building coalitions with stakeholders. He has developed sustainable, livable cities by working successfully with engineers, architects, and builders to complete projects on time and on budget.

  • Robert Collins Principal Planner
    Robert Collins

    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.

  • Elizabeth Esposito Senior Planner
    Elizabeth Esposito

    Elizabeth Esposito, AICP is a nationally certified senior planner with expertise in community development, land use assessments, socioeconomic analyses, data visualization, public outreach, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). With experience in both the public and private sector, her work combines technical proficiency with necessary community engagement skills to inform and build consensus with local, regional, and state stakeholders. Liz has extensive experience using GIS on a wide range of community, environmental, and transportation planning projects.

  • Karen Martin Senior Planner
    Karen Martin

    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.