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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Planning NEXT to present on the promise of countywide comprehensive plans at the Central Ohio Planning & Zoning Workshop

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Why is it that many counties in Ohio do not have up-to-date comprehensive plans? What do they have to gain by undertaking them? These questions will be addressed this Friday,…

Employee Spotlight: Michael Curtis, AICP

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For over ten years, Planning NEXT has been fortunate to have Michael Curtis, a talented planner and a gifted designer, on the team. Anyone who has worked with Michael can…

ValpoNEXT: Over Three Years of Successful Implementation

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Planning NEXT is committed to working with communities to develop plans that inspire action, turning recommendations into reality. Over the past three years, implementation of the ValpoNEXT Vision Plan, which…

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…

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