Clarion Associates


The wide-ranging backgrounds of Clarion’s team allow us to bring specialized expertise and innovative approaches to a variety of complex land use assignments. Our staff is comprised of AICP and LEED-accredited professionals, including urban planners, landscape architects, land use attorneys, real estate professionals, and other specialists.

  • Regional Planning & Growth Management

    Leaders of progressive communities know that growth carries opportunities and risks. Growth often brings a city more revenue, new job opportunities, and a diverse population. But, if not managed thoughtfully, new growth can be costly and impose financial burdens on city budgets. As communities and regions grapple with limited resources and prepare for the next wave of growth and development, they are engaging in more complex and strategic planning efforts.

    Example projects include:

  • Natural Resources & Open Space

    As urban areas expand, communities want to conserve open lands and environmentally sensitive areas, conserve agricultural lands for food production, maintain open lands, and mitigate environmental problems related to development.

    Example projects include:

    • Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee | Open Space Plan
    • Salt Lake County, Utah | Sensitive Lands Protection Standards
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Rural Smart Growth Codes
  • Urban Renewal & Reinvestment

    During the last 20 years, community planners have learned that studying how humans interact with the built environment is a vital component of urban design. That realization has changed how designers and developers approach building projects, and has helped to transform deteriorating areas into vibrant entertainment, shopping, and residential districts.

    Example projects include:

    • Fort Collins, Colorado | Affordable Housing Strategies
    • Long Beach, California | Independent Study of Redevelopment
    • Lynchburg, Virginia | Tinbridge Hill Neighborhood Plan
    • Wake Forest, North Carolina | Plan for the Northeast Quadrant
  • International Development

    Since 1995, Clarion professionals have been assisting governments in developing countries to improve the performance of their national and local governments and to strengthen their institutions of democracy.

    Example projects include:

    • Cross River State, Nigeria | Affordable Housing Plan and Strategy
    • India | Documentation and Evaluation of Slum Upgrading Programs
    • India | Evaluation of Mumbai Transferable Development Rights Program
    • India | Review and Recommendations to Master Plan Delhi 2021
    • Indonesia | Land Use Legislation Reform Strategy