The future belongs to those who plan for it.

Great, livable communities don’t just happen—they’re created. We bring people together with a shared sense of purpose and place to create enduring and prosperous communities.


Creating your tomorrow starts with listening today.

For us, getting people to the proverbial table isn’t nicety or mere formality. It’s about truly starting a productive, community-wide conversation. It’s about listening—and hearing. It’s about receiving input and ideas that lead to action about what to keep and what to change. It’s how we help move communities forward.


Ideas without a plan are only a wish.

Prosperous places are best shaped by the character of the community and the people who live there. We help communities understand and embrace their physical character and develop character-enhancing plans that don’t just sit on a shelf. We move communities toward what’s NEXT.

Moving communities toward what’s NEXT.

Whether maintaining momentum, steering the future or completely altering a trajectory, we cultivate a shared vision and develop a well-founded action plan.

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The future holds the greatest thing: possibility.

Our work represents what we believe. At the core of every enduring community is a planned future mindful of people, place and character.


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Here are the stories of communities from Cary to Columbus to Valparaiso in which ideas become vision, vision becomes a plan, and plan becomes what’s NEXT.

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River Ridge and Kingsdale West Study presented to Upper Arlington City Council

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On Monday, March 26th, Planning NEXT presented findings and recommendations of a study for the River Ridge and Kingsdale West neighborhoods to Upper Arlington City Council. The study focuses on…

Employee Spotlight: Sarah C. Bongiorno, LEED AP BD+C

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Since the start of her career, Sarah Bongiorno’s professional accomplishments and civic activities have been deeply intertwined. Combining expertise in architecture, design, urban planning and public process facilitation, Sarah is…

Elkhart County, Indiana’s “Vibrant Communities” Wins an Award for Outstanding Outreach and Communication!

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This past week, the Vibrant Communities Action Agenda for Elkhart County, Indiana received the Outstanding Outreach and Communication Award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association. The process…

Montgomery, Alabama launches first comprehensive plan update in more than 50 years

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The City of Montgomery, Alabama has kicked off Envision Montgomery 2040, the City’s first comprehensive planning process in more than 50 years. Since the 1950s, Montgomery has been at the…

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