• "My favorite part of our work is learning each community’s unique history and culture. We have to respect the past, but also build for the future. It’s always a challenge—cities are exciting and unpredictable."

    - Matt Goebel, AICP

  • "Planning is such an exciting field, because each city provides fresh challenges and new learning experiences. I really enjoy engaging with communities to solve complex problems."

    - Craig Richardson, Esq.

  • "Like many people, I discovered planning a bit by accident. Nearly twenty years later, the diversity of people and places that we have the opportunity to affect through our work each day still excites me."

    - Darcie White, AICP

  • "For me, the real value of planning is not found solely in developing an innovative and elegant planning solution, but also in facilitating understanding, social healing, and trust building."

    - Leigh Anne King, AICP, LEED AP

  • "Every day, I get to turn good ideas into better land use systems that can make those dreams come true. We really do change the world through zoning."

    - Don Elliott, FAICP

Working Towards One Goal

Who We Are

Clarion Associates, LLC, is a national land-use consulting firm comprised of planners, lawyers, landscape architects, and designers. We leverage our team’s diversity and capitalize on our individual strengths, providing superior planning products and experience to both private- and public-sector clients. Located in Denver and Chapel Hill, we specialize in community planning, zoning, design standards, historic preservation, impact fees, growth management, and sustainability in communities of every scale throughout the United States.

We are proud to partner with a strong nationwide network of Clarion affiliates that includes Clarion Associates, Inc., in Chicago; Clarion/Samuels Associates in Philadelphia; and McBride Dale Clarion in Cincinnati. We frequently collaborate with these firms on a variety of projects. They complement our practice and have specialized knowledge and expertise in appraisal, real estate consulting, litigation support, and private-sector development support. Click here to learn more about our affiliated offices and their team members.



Matthew Goebel, AICP

Craig Richardson, Esq.

Darcie White, AICP

Donald L. Elliott, FAICP

Leigh Anne King, AICP, LEED AP

Nate Baker, AICP

Charlie Brennan

Christopher J. Duerksen, Esq.

Sung Han

David Henning, Esq.

Ben Herman, FAICP

Lisa Steiner, AICP

Loretta Krook

Jim Spung, AICP

Chris Peterson

Tim Richards, AICP

Tareq Wafaie, AICP

Roger Waldon, FAICP

Eric Wencel

Sustainable Practices

Our Commitment

We prioritize sustainability not only in our work, but also within our daily operational practices. Our Sustainability Policy and Strategic Plan set the targets for our annual sustainability audits, creating intra-office transparency and accountability. We strive to continually reduce our environmental impact with a focus on our buildings’ operations and maintenance practices, waste management, continuing education, travel, carbon offsets, and consistent monitoring and evaluation.