Successful urban design and community planning address the social, economic, and physical sustainability of a place. Building local communities that are designed to bring people together and provide economic vibrancy requires an understanding of the social, cultural, and economic contexts. By using a holistic approach that combines policy planning, design expertise, and practical knowledge, TOA’s Urban Design & Community Planning team believes that quality urban design can achieve solutions and improve the built environment at every scale.
Our team’s expertise in public involvement generates creative programs that provide timely and relevant information to citizens and extensive opportunities for public input. We help build consensus to support project and community goals by employing innovative and successful communication techniques such as consensus-building workshops, forums and focus groups, community surveys, maps and graphics, and renderings of proposed improvements.
Team members are experts in tying together land use, public realm design, and transportation infrastructure. We believe that the well-designed integration of land uses, public spaces, and a connected street network are the most effective tools for allowing multimodal transportation systems to reach their full economic and social potential. Working with TOA’s core practice areas, we produce unique urban design solutions to improve the safety, functionality, and overall atmosphere of the built environment, with a special interest in improving the functionality of places while retaining and enhancing their unique identities.
TOA’s Urban Design & Community Planning services include: