Our Work : Services
Planning + Urban Design
Meaningful dialogue results in successful consensus-based planning and urban design processes.
GRAEF planners’ specialty is preparing detailed and innovative plans, guidelines, and concepts that enhance development, preserve the environment, and add value to a community. We integrate new development or redevelopment with existing neighborhoods, districts, and corridors to create livable, walkable, sustainable public places tailored to fit local social, economic, and cultural activities. GRAEF views planning and urban design as simultaneously building on the community’s traditions and affording new socioeconomic directions for change.
GRAEF planners and urban designers recognize the importance of a good working relationship with public officials and local citizens. Through meaningful dialogue with public agencies, community leaders, and residents, we can facilitate successful consensus-based planning and implementation processes.
Some of you may remember us as Planning and Design Institute, or PDI, out of Milwaukee. For 20 years, PDI provided planning consulting, urban design, and design competition advisory services across the country. In 2008, PDI joined GRAEF, forming GRAEF's new Planning + Urban Design Group. We are grateful to the many partners and colleagues who have collaborated with us over the past 25+ years.