As Durango’s population continues to grow, residents was to preserve their city’s heart and soul. The comprehensive plan update process looked to protect quality of life for the community and to engage many citizens using a wide variety of tools.
The OpenNeighborhood Project uses both high tech tools (Second Life) and low tech (cardboard cutouts) to allow the citizens of Acton, MA to envision the redevelopment of Kelley's Corner, an important town gateway.
As part of the General Plan update process, the City Council of Beverly Hills created a Community Character Committee to consider how character might be protected and to consider how different future scenarios for the City would impact character.
When it came time for Austin, Texas to update its comprehensive plan, they chose to engage their community and use citizen-generated input to get a diverse cross-section of opinions on their community's strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
The Fairfield City Council and numerous partners enlisted the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) Institute for Decision Making to conduct a comprehensive planning process for the City based around five core community values.
The people of Standish, Maine recognize that their community is "… a treasure of open spaces and natural beauty," which is why the town created a unique comprehensive plan to steer growth and change while maintaining rural character.
Sustaining Jackson Hole is a comprehensive, citizen-driven indicators program. Citizens set out to measure and track a wide variety of programs and issues in the community, and to create indicators for all aspects of the community.
When exponential growth and development threatened the quality of life in Bend, Oregon, residents banded together with the city and Steven Ames Planning to create a visionary plan that would protect the unique community character they cherished.
The challenges facing Whistler2020 arose from Whistler's long-time label as a resort community without much focus on its traditional, local character. In response, the city of Whistler developed a plan that would balance these two parts of the city.
The community of Hillsboro, Oregon needed a strategic vision to direct its rapid growth. With the help of Steven Ames planning, they got just that while simultaneously creating a unique model that broke new ground in the way it engaged the community.