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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Envision Athens, GA Wins Outstanding Planning Process

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At the 2018 Fall Conference, the American Planning Association Georgia Chapter awarded Envision Athens with the Outstanding Planning Process Award—recognizing the quality and completeness of the overall planning process. The…

Launching GVL2040: Greenville, SC’s Comprehensive Plan

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Planning NEXT is thrilled to announce Greenville, South Carolina has entrusted us with leading their comprehensive planning process, GVL2040. Other members of the consultant team include Kimley-Horn, Ninigret Partners, MKSK…

Planning NEXT’s Welcomes Three Talented Interns

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Planning NEXT is grateful for our three talented interns hired this summer—all Master of City and Regional Planning candidates at the Ohio State University. Welcome Abby, Brian and Emily!Abby Anacki.…

Phoenix Next: An Investment Strategy in Northwest Dayton

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In early 2018, the neighborhoods in northwest Dayton, received significant news: Good Samaritan Hospital—a community fixture for over 80 years—would be closing by the end of the year. While the…

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