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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Dayton’s “Fairgrounds to Future” Project Moves from Opportunities to Vision

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On January 25th, the consultant team presented a preliminary vision for the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds at the Fairgrounds to Future Progress Workshop. Nearly 200 members of the public were…

Ready for the Next Step: Three Ohio Communities Adopt Plans!

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What a journey it has been! We are proud to report that several communities with which we have worked have formally adopted their plans. In addition to OneDecatur, the comprehensive…

Overland Park, Kansas Kicks Off Their Forward OP Vision and Strategic Plan Process!

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On January 30th, Planning NEXT facilitated the Imagine Tomorrow Workshop with people who live, work, shop, worship and learn in Overland Park, Kansas. The Imagine Tomorrow Workshop was attended by…

One Decatur Has Been Adopted! Focus Shifts to Implementation.

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On February 5, 2018, The City of Decatur, Alabama adopted the One Decatur Comprehensive Plan. It was the final step in an 18-month planning process to create a new city-wide…

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