Planning

Creating Better Places for People

Whether we’re creating public spaces or regulations, plans or community identities – we take a holistic approach to analysis, policy, and design to shape, preserve, and make places better for people. As community development experts who have worked extensively on behalf of public and private sector clients, we know that lasting solutions are never one-dimensional.

We consider a variety of economic, social, geographic, and environmental factors from different perspectives. That’s how we take ideas from visionary to achievable. That’s what we at OHM Advisors like to call solutions.

  • Northland Center Redevelopment | Southfield, MI

    Redevelopment of abandoned shopping site to bring a sense of place and mixed-use opportunities to Southfield citizens

  • Downtown Master Plan | Wooster, OH

    Strategic plan to realize full growth potential of downtown Wooster while enhancing the pedestrian realm

  • Master Plan | Jerome Township, OH

    Village master plan establishes a suitable growth pattern while preserving the environment through Smart Growth Planning

  • Downtown Streetscape & Transportation Plan | Newark, OH

    Improving the aesthetics and functionality of downtown Newark to drive economic success, in conjunction with an enhanced transportation system

  • Plug-In Ready Michigan with Clean Energy Coalition | Michigan

    A statewide preparedness plan provides the necessary tools to accommodate an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use

  • Wilson Bridge Road Corridor Plan | Worthington, OH

    Corridor plan guides redevelopment and addresses land use issues in an aging office corridor

  • Economic Development Plan | Canton, MI

    Market-based strategic handbook attracts and guides future investment in the community

  • Economic Recovery Plan | Pontiac, MI

    Creating an attainable roadmap for the economic turnaround that empowers residents and businesses

A Collaborative Approach

We have been referred to as a “one-stop solution.” That’s our goal. We begin with personal interaction and exchange—priding ourselves in our ability to really listen. To what’s important to you and your stakeholders. This dialogue continues with a detailed assessment of your community the site, culture, sustainability, and context. It’s an interactive process, enjoyable and creative; artful and engaging and always inspiring.
As our client, you will appreciate the multidisciplinary collaboration and holistic approach we bring to every project. Our plans begin with a clear vision – but it takes strong political will, consensus-building, trust and incentives to take the vision to reality. We’ll be in lockstep with you from idea to reality. You can rely on us to apply our ability to forge successful public-private partnerships and provide multidimensional insights to advise you every step of the way. It’s passion at work to advance your community.

 

Integrated Services to Support Your Development Objectives

Community Planning

Comprehensive Plans
Regional Planning
Sustainability Master Plans
Site Plan Review
Visioning
Economic Development Strategies
Corridor/Downtown/Neighborhood Plans
Zoning Codes and Standards
Transportation Plans
Non-Motorized Transportation Planning
Funding Procurement
Geospatial Decision Making/GIS Services

 

Land Design and Documentation

Land Use Plans
Urban Design
Landscape Architecture
Mixed-Use Redevelopment
Campus Master Plans
Residential Development Plans and Standards

 

Private Development Planning

Due Diligence
Capacity Studies
Land Design and Documentation
Entitlements
Civil Engineering
Construction Administration


Project Spotlight 

Downtown Streetscape and Transportation Plan | Newark, OH 

Newark Downtown Streetscape and Transportation Plan featured Planning projectConducted in concert with a multi-million dollar sewer separation project to improve aging infrastructure in downtown Newark, we created a downtown streetscape and transportation improvement plan. During the extensive planning and public outreach process, the existing auto-centric traffic pattern around Newark’s historic town square was identified as a barrier to development, so our team conducted a traffic study and recommended a solution.

True to our multidisciplinary abilities, we also provided design and construction documentation services for the streetscape and transportation improvement elements. Currently under construction, design features include lighting enhancements, pedestrian amenities, landscaping, and a sidewalk extension that accommodates on-street dining and entertainment. Roundabouts at the four corners of the square, anchoring the Licking Co. courthouse, will provide improved traffic flow and mobility.


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"What makes OHM stand out among consulting firms is that their planning and their consulting is unique to each community, and they really care about each community. They treat it with the respect, and also the respect of your particular resources that you have (as a community)."
Sandra Hull - Executive Director, Main Street Wooster

Ask Us About

Our market-driven approach. Our understanding of the economic drivers behind land use and development make us particularly adept at orchestrating smart community growth through public and private partnerships. The integration of our planning, design and engineering expertise affords us a distinctive lens through which we view planning. .

From land planning to urban design defining a strong sense of place to economic development, our ideas are better, with bigger impact, and more community collaboration

In short? Our holistic approach results in your community’s sustainable future, economic success and enhanced quality of life.

Leadership

Aaron Domini
Senior Planner 

aarondscaled Aaron has played a key role in developing a variety of plans for both urban and rural communities, encompassing community planning, economic development, and public policy. He leads planning projects that build community and promote new economic opportunities. Prior to joining OHM Advisors, Aaron served as a public sector planning administrator, which contributes to his savvy ability to create plans and codes that are easily understood – and implemented.

Passionate about including citizens at the heart of the planning process, Aaron excels at leading and facilitating public participation to build stewardship, consensus, and support. His emphasis on engaging the public yields plans rooted in market realities balanced by community values and aspirations. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture.

Forrest Gibson, PLA
Senior Landscape Architect

A 25-year veteran of the planning and design profession, Forrest has worked extensively as both a planning consultant and landscape architect in the private development industry, as well as for public entities focused on redevelopment and smart growth. He is an expert in master planning and entitlements for mixed-use development and has a passion for creating thriving places for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Forrest oversees the private land development side of our planning and urban design groups, also providing guidance to our multi-disciplined teams for all of our land-based planning and development projects. He guides the team in its market-driven planning approach rooted in the mindset that strategic economic development should be financially feasible with realistic development expectations.

Urban Design