Planning and Urban Design

Laying the Foundations for Healthy Built Environments

Resiliency and responsiveness are central to well-planned communities. Cushing Terrell planners work with both urban and rural communities to provide aspirational plans that guide growth and preservation for the future.

We work in diverse geographies from rural farming communities to some of the densest urban environments in the U.S. and Canada. Cushing Terrell planners have developed award-winning projects and constantly strive to remain at the forefront of thought in the dynamic places we work.

Areas of Expertise

Urban Design

Small-area/Site Plans
Master Plans
Streetscape Design
Downtown Plans

Regional/Urban Planning

Comprehensive Plans
Resort Plans
Parks/Open Space Plans
Community Engagement

Technical Expertise

Geospatial Analysis
Subdivision Administration

Committed to Equitable Design

At Cushing Terrell, we know that real, authentic, and innovative community engagement is critical to the success of most planning efforts. We also understand that traditional approaches to outreach can exclude some community members due to language barriers, feedback methodology, the location and time of engagement events, and more. Therefore, we employ methods with a specific emphasis on broad engagement by intentionally reaching out to — and amplifying the voices of — communities and populations that have historically been left out of planning and decision-making processes.

We balance objective data with qualitative feedback and employ outreach methods that invite participants to define project values and reach agreements while keeping the door open for creative, fun, and fiscally responsible expression.

Given the occasional difficulty with large, face-to-face engagement, our focus is on facilitating activities that are equally immersive whether in-person or virtual. The goal is to reach targeted audiences and key stakeholders to achieve a broad understanding of the community’s vision. Thus, participants can feel empowered to feel they have a voice and that the project ultimately reflects their values and priorities.

Success Begins With Planning

Comprehensive planning defines a clear path toward real-world solutions, attainable results, and visionary projects. Our master planning work has promoted sustainable economic development and brought meaningful social and cultural benefits to many communities. Our long-range and current planning includes subdivision, zoning, mixed-use community design, market analysis, growth policies, area structure plans, master plans, comprehensive plans, code development, and housing studies.

• Together Chaffee Comprehensive Plan; Chaffee County, CO
• Mountain Area Master Plan; Steamboat Springs, CO
• Big Sky Town Center; Big Sky, MT
• Residential Land Plan; Orting, WA
• Silverbrook Estates Mixed-Use Development; Kalispell, MT
• Kalispell North Town Center; Kalispell, MT
• Cherokee Industrial Center; Athens, TN
• METG 1,500-Acre Land Plan; East Helena, MT
• Future Land Use Plan; Plentywood, MT
• Growth Policy; Carbon County, MT
• Growth Policy Update; Stillwater County, MT
• Comprehensive Plan; Froid, MT
• Core Revitalization Plan; Kalispell, MT
• Main Street Melfort; Melfort, SK
• Downtown Action Plan; Port Coquitlam, BC
• Shoreline District Framework Plan; Boise, ID
• West End Visioning and Master Plan; Boise, ID
• Prickly Pear Greenway; East Helena, MT
• Master Plan; Carlin, NV
• South Kalispell Urban Renewal Plan; Kalispell, MT
• City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan; Spruce Grove, AB
• Shoreline Urban Framework and URP; Boise, ID
• West Downtown Neighborhood Plan; Boise, ID
• Urban Renewal Plan and Zoning Code Update; Belgrade, MT
• Growth Policy and Parks/Rec Master Plan; Belgrade, MT
• Theodore Roosevelt Medora Land Use Plan; Medora, ND
• Downtown Streetscape Plan; Livingston, MT
• South Billings TIF District; Billings, MT
• Downtown Riverfront District; Alton, IL
• Corridor Management Plan, Great Rivers Scenic Byway; Godfrey, IL
• Corridor Mgmt Plan, Oregon Trail Scenic Byway; Torrington, WY
• Riverfront/Marina Urban Redev Plan; Grafton, IL
• Comprehensive Plan Update; Daniels, MT
• Comprehensive Plan Update; Jordan, MT
• Comprehensive Plan Update; Treasure County, MT
• Zoning Code Update; Wolf Point, MT
• Growth Policy; Granite County, MT
• Comprehensive Plan; Ray, ND
• Growth Policy; White Sulphur Springs, MT

When you’re ready, reach out!

Nora Bland, AICP
Director, Planning and Urban Design

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