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
Parks/Open Space Plans
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.