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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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…

Clark County, Ohio launches first comprehensive planning process in nearly 20 years

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Since Clark County, Ohio’s last county-wide comprehensive plan was created almost 20 years ago, much has changed. A decline in population and loss of jobs in key sectors of the economy have…

Lebanon, Ohio Encouraged to Think! Downtown

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Over the past several months, the residents of Lebanon, Ohio have been asked to Think! Downtown to update the city’s Downtown Master Plan. Since the process kicked-off in October 2016, the planning team, which includes Randall Gross /…

Happy, Healthy and Strong: Planning for an Age Friendly Columbus

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Like many regions across the United States, Central Ohio is expected to see a dramatic increase of older residents, with the population of residents 65 years or older anticipated to…

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