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Our Work

We are proud of our extensive portfolio of past and ongoing projects with communities of all shapes and sizes across the nation. Get an inside view into what we do every day.

The Work

Comprehensive and Long-Range Planning

Whether it’s examining a community as a whole, or focusing on the details for a downtown or corridor plan, SAFEbuilt Studio has the experience, resources, and new ideas you need. We believe every community and every client has unique issues, character, values, and vision. What motivates us is the desire to help our clients craft a long-term vision and plan that is both compelling and results-oriented. And our exceptional outcomes are the result of the SAFEbuilt Studio process, one that involves a hands-on approach from your plan’s inception to its adoption.

From project kickoff to public hearings, our senior-level staff ensures plans include tailored solutions to the unique challenges in each community, while also keeping plans on schedule and on budget. Our planners use vibrant images and best practices examples to help clients understand and make choices about the placement and scale of buildings, the alignment of roads and sidewalks, and the location of public spaces. We also understand the importance of community public engagement, and strive to help our clients understand their community’s voice and translate feedback on important issues into concrete goals.

District Plans and Revitalization

A holistic approach to redevelopment is what sets our firm apart. Whether it’s economic development, placemaking or planning for your downtown, corridor, or neighborhood, our expert staff knows how to help. As with our comprehensive plans, we take pride in crafting clear, achievable goals that preserve what’s working in your community and identifying opportunities for new, exciting placemaking. When needed, we pull together teams of consultants, ranging from real estate experts to landscape architects, whose collective experience complements our own.

The Right Mix, the Right Investment

Our redevelopment plans provide a snapshot of your community assets so you can respond effectively to changing trends and conditions. Our development team can also establish special taxing districts to capture revenue to fund district projects, and revise local regulations to support planned projects and facilitate better review processes.

Additionally, our economic development plans provide creative ways to engage community partners, identify grant opportunities, and develop solutions that leverage current funding for lasting investment.

Community Connections

And what’s a community without dedicated spaces that bring people together? Our park and recreation plans offer simple, elegant solutions to your community’s recreation needs. From the start of the process, we’ll implement online engagement tools to survey local recreational needs and priorities.

Ongoing Municipal Planning

Municipal budgets can be challenging – you are likely juggling competing demands and conflicting priorities. Public-private partnerships (P3) have become an increasingly common and effective solution to those budgeting challenges. We are committed to creating seamless partnerships that help keep communities on the rise. SAFEbuilt Studio does this by lending you hands-on, thorough, and ongoing planning and zoning services. Our number one goal is to nurture and maintain a long-term, personalized relationship with communities like yours.

Site Development Review and
Planning and Zoning Administration

SAFEbuilt Studio provides you with ongoing municipal zoning and subdivision consultation, administration, and assistance services. We can serve as the local staff for your community, or we can supplement your in-house planning professionals. Either way, we help you efficiently deliver zoning services—providing your community with unmatched expertise and support.

Let us support you with:

  • Regular office hours at city hall
  • Review of development proposals and zoning applications
  • General consultation with local officials and citizens
  • Zoning administration and site inspectors
  • Plans examination services

Land Development Codes

Zoning and subdivision regulations are the rules that guide development. Sometimes, though, they are also the rules that stop development. When the code doesn’t match the plan, doesn’t have the right standards or processes for mixed-use or form-based development, or simply doesn’t cover an important subject, our planners have the right zoning and subdivision experience to provide the fix your code needs.

CodeFix: Tackling Small Problems the Right Way

For any number of reasons, many communities are reluctant to make changes to the structure and content of their current land development regulations. When a new issue comes along, a stand-alone “fix” gets tacked on to the current regulations, but not integrated within the regulatory structure. Over time, the regulations become more complex and more conflicting and the community is required to invest in a regulatory rewrite and update. SAFEbuilt Studio’s CodeFix service allows us to work with your community to more comprehensively address smaller or specific issues and integrate those solutions into the current regulations long before you get to that code overhaul in the future. Working with your staff, we will identify the extent of the problem, draft a regulatory update, and present you with an ordinance and accompanying public presentation to take through the adoption process.

Topic-Specific Regulations

SAFEbuilt Studio’s staff is also available to help create regulations for topics that are new to your community. Whether you would like to establish downtown design standards, regulations for tiny homes, or requirements for sustainable site development practices, we can do that. Within the specific topic area, we will work with your community to identify best regulatory and procedural practices regionally and nationally, identify and create a community outreach process to gather input and feedback, draft (and redraft) the new regulations, and participate in the adoption process.

Full Land Development Code Rewrites and Updates

While good land development codes should be kept up-to-date to improve their longevity, eventually all codes reach the time when rewriting will be more efficient and productive than continued maintenance. SAFEbuilt Studio’s staff has the years of knowledge and experience that you need to assist your community through this process from start to finish. Traditional zoning codes, form-based codes, subdivision regulations, and unified development codes – we’ve worked across all land development code formats and platforms and we bring that background with us for each new project we tackle.

iZone™ | Interactive Zoning

SAFEbuilt Studio’s iZone is a digital, interactive zoning tool that brings “user-friendly” to a whole new level. With iZone, ordinances are digitally interactive, and cross-referencing is as easy as a mouse click. In-text links, icons, and buttons create a web-based zoning ordinance browsing experience that feels intuitive and clean. Plus, distinctive colors, tables, and graphics add to the comfort level and simplicity for any and every user.

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