The future belongs to those who plan for it.

Great, livable communities don’t just happen—they’re created. On purpose, for a purpose. 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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Columbus Museum of Art opens Thomas Cole exhibit

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The exhibit Thomas Cole: The Artist as Architect is now showing at the Columbus Museum of Art.  Cole, an active painter between 1825-1870, found inspiration in architecture, landscape, and the natural…


Planning with Columbus State Community College and partners enters a new phase

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There is a special part of the downtown of Columbus—the Creative Campus—that promises to become one of the city's next great places. In early 2015, Planning NEXT facilitated a collaborative...

The start of a movement in Decatur, Alabama

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Something special and exiting is underway in Decatur, Alabama. Last week marked the launch of One Decatur, an effort to create an inclusive and community-driven comprehensive plan for the city. Through…


New effort underway for the downtown business district in Lebanon, Ohio

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Anticipation is building in Lebanon, Ohio for the Central Business District and North Broadway Master Plan.  The 9-month process kicked off in mid-October with a meeting with City Staff, City…

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