The future belongs to those who plan for it.

Great, livable communities don’t just happen—they’re created. We bring people together with a shared sense of purpose and place to create enduring and prosperous communities.


Creating your tomorrow starts with listening today.

For us, getting people to the proverbial table isn’t nicety or mere formality. It’s about truly starting a productive, community-wide conversation. It’s about listening—and hearing. It’s about receiving input and ideas that lead to action about what to keep and what to change. It’s how we help move communities forward.


Ideas without a plan are only a wish.

Prosperous places are best shaped by the character of the community and the people who live there. We help communities understand and embrace their physical character and develop character-enhancing plans that don’t just sit on a shelf. We move communities toward what’s NEXT.

Moving communities toward what’s NEXT.

Whether maintaining momentum, steering the future or completely altering a trajectory, we cultivate a shared vision and develop a well-founded action plan.

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The future holds the greatest thing: possibility.

Our work represents what we believe. At the core of every enduring community is a planned future mindful of people, place and character.


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Here are the stories of communities from Cary to Columbus to Valparaiso in which ideas become vision, vision becomes a plan, and plan becomes what’s NEXT.

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Lindsey Elam Joins Our Team of Dedicated Planners!

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The Planning NEXT family keeps growing! Lindsey Elam, AICP Candidate and LEED Green Associate has joined the team of dedicated staff planners here at Planning NEXT. In addition to her…

Employee Spotlight: Kyle May, AICP

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For over seven years, Kyle has helped reach past the typical voices and engage a broader, more representative range of citizens in the planning process. His work has focused largely…

Planning NEXT Visits Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Kick-off the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update

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Planning NEXT is adding to our Town-Gown experience. The City of Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, has kicked-off a multi-year process to update its comprehensive plan and overhaul…

Planning NEXT to present on the promise of countywide comprehensive plans at the Central Ohio Planning & Zoning Workshop

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Why is it that many counties in Ohio do not have up-to-date comprehensive plans? What do they have to gain by undertaking them? These questions will be addressed this Friday,…

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