Move toward what’s NEXT.

We create enthusiasm for the future.

 Planning as usual? That’s not really our thing.
That’s why we set out almost two decades ago to think about community planning differently. Better. It’s not just what we do. It’s who we are. We’re planning NEXT.

Success is what comes from collaboration.

Henry Ford said it best: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” We’re passionate about helping teams, staff, committees and stakeholders share a sense of purpose and place. From comprehensive planning to integrated visioning to facilitating complex, multi-jurisdictional efforts, we help create more enduring, prosperous and livable communities.

Services

Pre-Planning
Strategic Planning + Visioning
Comprehensive Planning + Urban Design
Social Media + Web-Based Communication
Community Engagement  (in-person + virtual)
Visual Communication

This is what passion for community looks like.

Our team is curious, civic-minded and creative.
Our clients say we envision the realm of what’s possible.
We say it’s all in a day’s work.

Principal

Jamie Greene, AIA FAICP

Jamie’s top priority is always to complete the mission and achieve outstanding results. It’s his passion for communities, however, that drives him and our work.

Jamie’s top priority is always to complete the mission and achieve outstanding results. It’s his passion for communities, however, that drives him and our work. Perhaps that comes from his time as an Army officer. As co-founder and hands-on principal of our practice (formerly known as ACP Visioning+Planning), Jamie spent the past 20 years being inspired by the voices and commitments of the communities we serve. Today he strives to help communities of all sizes and conditions answer their most fundamental question: “What’s next?”

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.

Senior Project Manager

Sarah Kelly, AICP

Sarah knows that planning is about people. As a project manager she is committed to broad engagement while moving the process forward.

Sarah knows that planning is about people. As a project manager she is committed to broad engagement while moving the process forward.

Sarah also provides leadership at Planning NEXT for business development and research. Her Jill-of-all-trades orientation is informed by her background as a private sector planner in Boston and Dublin, Ireland as well as her nonprofit advocacy experience. An east coast transplant, she can be found in her free time exploring the region…by foot, bike, and ski!

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Senior Planner

Michael Curtis, AICP

It’s uncommon for someone to be both a talented planner and a gifted designer. Fortunately for us, Michael is that rare person.

It’s uncommon for someone to be both a talented planner and a gifted designer. Fortunately for us, Michael is that rare person. Masterful at simplifying the complex, he translates ideas, concepts and plans into visual communications with easy-to-understand graphics. For the past seven years, he’s made all of us—including our clients—“look good.” Proof positive? His work for Dublin, Ohio’s community plan, Abu Dhabi’s transportation vision and Cary, North Carolina’s “Imagine Cary” online initiative.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Mississippi State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University.

Senior Project Manager

Sarah Bongiorno, LEED AP BD +C

When it comes to creating momentum and movement, Sarah knows a thing or two. Our clients say she “keeps the train running on time.”

When it comes to creating momentum and movement, Sarah knows a thing or two. Our clients say she “keeps the train running on time.” We say she’s not only well organized but positively passionate for design and quality places. Which explains why Sarah is able to simultaneously make every client feel like our only client and lead numerous civic initiatives, including co-directing Columbus Design Week[s], an annual festival that gets the public thinking and talking about design in our city, and Camp Architecture, a multi-week summer program for elementary and middle school students.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University and a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

Senior Planner

Kyle May, AICP

Kyle is deeply committed to helping community members and other stakeholders have their say about the kind of place they want to live, work and play

Kyle is no ordinary team member. Highly involved yet good humored, congenial yet conscientious, he’s deeply committed to helping citizens and other community stakeholders have their say about the kind of place they want to live, work and play. It is hard to match Kyle’s enthusiasm for communities of all kinds—from vibrant cities, to growing suburbs, to challenged regions striving for a better future.

Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Ohio University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Planner

Cyrille Viola

Cyrille has the macro-level problem solving skills of a community planner and the design orientation of a landscape architect.

Cyrille has the macro-level problem solving skills of a community planner and the design orientation of a landscape architect. With these combined capabilities, she delivers only the highest quality products for our clients. Hailing from one of North America’s most dynamic cities—Toronto—Cyrille has learned a thing or two about promoting livability, building quality places, celebrating diversity and enhancing the cultural and amenity value of a community.

Cyrille holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and an undergraduate degree in planning from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Planner

Brian Ashworth, PLA

From streetscape design to large scale master plans, Brian’s work focuses on the “big picture” in landscape architecture.

From streetscape design to large scale master plans, Brian’s work focuses on the “big picture” in landscape architecture. That talent is complemented by his strong GIS and mapping capabilities, earning him much praise from both clients and communities. Brian’s commitment to learning about and celebrating great places is showcased through his many “extracurricular” activities, from teaching a studio at Ohio State, to volunteering with the Center for Architecture and Design, to hand-crafting commissioned license plate art.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Planning from The University of Toledo and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.

Planner

Logan Stang

Logan’s many strengths are showcased through multidimensional projects that bring together research, mapping and stakeholder and public involvement.

As a planner with the City of Dublin, one of central Ohio’s premier communities, Logan honed his skills in community engagement, land use planning and project coordination. Logan’s many strengths are showcased through multidimensional projects that bring together research, mapping and stakeholder and public involvement. His calm, steady presence makes him a key asset to any team.

Logan holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Bowling Green State University.

Our core team has a great support crew to help deliver what’s next.

It’s an honor to share.

Award-winning work makes headlines. While we’re humbled to have won six prestigious awards in nearly as many years, we prefer to celebrate the teams, communities and clients that make our work both professionally lauded and personally rewarding.

Award-winning work led or supported by the planning NEXT team.

2019 APA Virginia

Community of the Year

Build One Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA

2019 National APA

Vernon Deines Award

Vibrant Communities
Elkhart County, IN

2018 APA Alabama

Outstanding Plan

One Decatur
Decatur, AL

2018 APA Georgia

Outstanding Plan Process

Envision Athens
Athens-Clarke County, GA

2018 APA Indiana

Outstanding Plan Process

Vibrant Communities
Elkhart County, IN

2017 APA Ohio

Outstanding Plan

Grove City 2050
Grove City, OH

2017 APA Alabama

Outstanding Plan

Map for Mobile
Mobile, AL

2017 APA North Carolina

Inspiring Places Plan

imagine Cary
Cary, NC

2017 APA North Carolina

Outstanding Plan

Horizons 2026
Greenville, NC

2017 APA Indiana

Outstanding Plan

Creative District
Valparaiso, IN

2016 APA South Carolina

Outstanding Plan

Plan Together
Columbia-Richland County, SC

2015 APA Alabama

Outstanding Plan

One City, One Vision
Anniston, AL

2015 APA Indiana

Outstanding Plan Process

ValpoNEXT
Valparaiso, IN

2014 National APA

Outstanding Plan

Plan Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

2014 National APA

Innovation in Economic Development and Planning

East Franklinton Creative Community District
Columbus, OH

2013 National CNU

National Honor

East Franklinton Creative Community District
Columbus, OH

2011 APA Alabama

Outstanding Plan

Lee County Comprehensive Master Plan
Lee County, AL

2011 APA South Carolina

Outstanding Plan

Guiding the Future for a Lasting Lowcountry
Charleston County, SC

2009 APA Hawai’i

Outstanding Plan

Kona Community Development Plan
Kona, Hawai’i

2009 APA Ohio

Outstanding Plan

Dublin Community Plan
Dublin, OH

2009 National IDA

Award of Distinction

Downtown Plan
Fort Wayne, IN

2007 APA Pennsylvania

Outstanding Plan

Growing Together
Lancaster County, PA

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