Ongoing Municipal Planning
Public-private partnerships are an effective solution to the budgeting, staffing, and workload challenges of local community development departments. From serving as local, on-site planning staff to supplementing in-house planning professionals remotely from our offices, SAFEbuilt Studio has skilled planning professionals with decades of experience who can assist with the full range of your local planning and zoning activities.
SAFEbuilt Studio offers an array of municipal planning and zoning services, including:
Entitlement Process Management
We put our team’s private and public sector development experience to work for you to assist in managing your development entitlement processes. We are available to help review the full range of applications, including rezoning, conditional and special use, site development plan, planned unit development, annexation, and plat review, from initial contact with the applicant through the public hearing and final decision phase.
Building/Zoning Permit Review
We provide building and zoning permit review services—sign, fence, special event, zoning, and structure—for communities of all sizes throughout the nation. Our team understands the permit review process, and we can deliver permit reviews in an efficient and timely manner.
Development codes are not always as user-friendly as they could and should be. And interpreting those regulations for individual applicants can take staff time away from other projects. SAFEbuilt Studio can help you communicate your specific processes to your applicants in clear and concise development guides that let applicants know the “who, what, when, where, and how” of development expectations in your community.
Development Impact/Suitability Analysis
Need an extra set of eyes (and maybe a technical study or some development metrics) on an important development application? We can provide the technical impact and suitability analysis that will result in mutually beneficial outcomes that help you protect your community and provide a sustainable future.
Supplement to In-house Planning Staff
Budgets for additional FTEs can be a tough sell. SAFEbuilt Studio can work with your existing staff to lessen their case load burden. Our team can integrate with your existing processes, learn your codes, and help clear a path for your staff to focus on priorities.
Board and Commission Training
Productive meetings are critical for both staff and board/commission members. We can work with your elected and appointed officials to make sure they are up-to-date on the latest planning and legal issues related to land use. We can also provide training for new members, member refreshers, or in-depth, topic-specific education that help your boards and commissions make appropriate and timely decisions.
GIS and Mapping Services
Make the most of your community’s GIS data while also tapping into the emerging collections of data being circulated and provided by county, regional, state, and federal departments and governments. Our staff can coordinate and collect data so that you can start getting a better visual look at the “where” factor of what’s happening in your community. SAFEbuilt Studio can also provide you with a comprehensive GIS system for your community without the steep costs of software, hardware, and operators.
Partnering with communities on the rise to help them become the best versions of themselves.