Community Planning & Design
Vibrant, thriving communities are shaped by innovative plans that effectively integrate sound planning, design, economic, and environmental principles that reflect local priorities and consider available resources.
We collaborate with our clients to create plans that are visionary and inspiring, while being understandable, financially feasible, and implementable.
We provide clients with the practical knowledge and experience gained from past successes creating and implementing a wide range of policy, design, and regulatory strategies to improve the livability, sustainability, and image of communities. We advance effective and meaningful planning through the collaborative engagement of the community, decision makers, project proponents, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders throughout the process.
Our plans enhance a community’s unique character, and are recognized for their issue driven approach, innovative and creative solutions, and understanding of local issues and values. We develop plans that clearly map the path from vision to reality so our clients actually achieve their desired results―plans that can effectively and understandably be implemented.
Related specialties and services:
- Airport land use compatibility plans
- Climate change and resilience
- Coastal planning and local coastal programs (LCPs)
- Contract planning services
- General and comprehensive plans
- Grant preparation assistance
- Housing plans and studies
- Landscape architecture
- LAFCO plans and entitlements
- Community engagement
- Specific and subarea plans
- Master plans
- Urban design
- Zoning codes and design guidelines
Patricia Fonseca Flores, ASLA, LEED AP, has joined ESA as our new Sustainable Design Director. With her 15 years of landscape architecture experience managing landscape, urban design, and planning projects, Patricia will lead the firm’s sustainable design and develop community resilience strategies across all of our practice areas.
As the State of California works to address a multitude of challenges facing the economy and its residents’ quality of life, there is broad agreement that the state’s astonishing cost of living and accelerating homeless problem is exacerbated by a shortage of housing, specifically housing attainable to residents at lower income levels. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has been developing policies in response to California’s current housing challenges. ESA is on the forefront of these efforts.