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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Week-Long Workshops Set a Vision for Coastal Alabama

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The Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) is about bringing together business and political leadership for collaboration in infrastructure, education, and governmental services in Baldwin County and Mobile County, Alabama. As part…

Age-Friendly Columbus asks older adults how to make the city friendly for all ages

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For the past few months, Planning NEXT and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) have been working to develop a draft set of strategies for the Age-Friendly Columbus strategic plan.  Part of a…

Envision Athens Community and Economic Strategic Plan is underway!

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Athens-Clarke County, Georgia may be best known for its musical exports. From the B-52’s to REM, it has an outsized reputation for its music scene and funky character. It is also home to…

Innovative Neighborhood Toolkit in Mobile, Alabama will help residents take action

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Planning NEXT has been engaged by the City of Mobile to create an innovative Neighborhood Toolkit that will empower neighborhood groups to proactively plan for their own communities. This exciting initiative is a key…

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