PlanningNeighborhood & Master Planning
COG creates highly customized and implementable master plans for cities and towns. We produce balanced strategies for growth that address current and future development needs while protecting the irreplaceable natural and cultural assets of a place. No two of our master plans are alike: they reflect the specific needs, conditions, and cultures of the communities we serve. Over the years, we have tailored our master plans to address unique, pressing community concerns such as governance, the built environment, and housing policy.
Our master plans succeed because we start implementation at the very beginning of the planning process. Local capacity and political culture strongly shape the strategies we propose. As a result, our plans are highly feasible and they consistently empower our client communities to attain their goals.
For two years in a row, COG received the Outstanding Comprehensive Planning Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association for our work on the Dedham (MA) Master Plan (2009) and the Lincoln (MA) Comprehensive Plan (2010).
COG develops plans for neighborhoods and special population groups. We work collaboratively with residents and businesses to address problems such as gentrification, foreclosures, community economic development, and loss of historic resources. Toward these ends, we design strategies that align with the larger community’s financial, organizational, and political capacity. If needed, we also provide project information, presentations, and meeting materials in translation for limited English proficient populations so that everyone can participate with confidence.
These services relate closely to our Community Development Planning practice.