When we think of developing and maintaining the built environment, we most often picture engineers and architects designing new structures and construction professionals bringing it all into reality. But what we often fail to think about is that much of the development we see around us is the result of a carefully prepared plan. Before a new shopping center is designed, vacant plot is developed, new off-ramp built, or airport expanded, professional planners are engaged to help make informed and well-thought-out decisions about the future of the infrastructure around us. As dollars remain tight in both the public and private sectors, the need for creative and innovative planning is higher than ever.
C&S has helped clients with their planning needs for nearly four decades. Our planning expertise includes airport planning, real estate and land development, surface transportation and traffic studies, and sustainability planning. There is a growing movement in this country around sustainable and smart development. Municipalities and communities are realizing that decisions based on the triple-bottom line concept of balancing economic, environmental, and social needs result in the most well-rounded and realistic outcomes. This approach is the core of C&S’s planning services.
On the economic front, our planning team assists clients with real estate and land use development strategies. Airports and many other types of land owners have valuable assets that can be developed to generate new sources of revenue. Economic sustainability is a critical goal for public and private clients and maximizing existing assets is one of many tools that can help achieve fiscal stability.
Environmental considerations need to be an integral part of all planning efforts. C&S is on the cutting edge of sustainability planning, developing strategies to help municipalities, airports, campuses, and other clients become more environmentally responsible. Using tools such as carbon footprinting, baseline assessments, and goal setting, we help clients identify opportunities to reduce energy costs, lower water use, increase recycling, and enhance air quality while improving the overall efficiency of their facilities.
Development’s impact on people and neighborhoods is a critical factor to consider, whether planning for new commercial development, adding a facility to a campus, or building a runway. Creative and innovative planning techniques are built on a foundation of social responsibility and advancing the quality of life of people.