Comprehensive planning is the process of examining an area, community or region and crafting a long-range plan for its future growth.
It typically involves a great deal of public input, and it forms the basis of important public policy such as zoning, development standards, and annexation policies. Comprehensive and area plans prepared by TWC commonly address issues, such as:
• Land Use
• Transportation & Infrastructure
• Environmental Resources
• Economic Development
• Historic Preservation
Comprehensive & Area Planning Project Portfolio
Anniston Comprehensive Plan
As with many smaller and rurally-located communities, Anniston, AL has seen a steady population decline since the 1930s, it faces economic and quality-of-life challenges, and has not had a comprehensive plan in many years. Consequently, TWC was hired by the City to lead a multi-disciplinary consultant team to prepare a new comprehensive plan.
Starkville Comprehensive Plan
Starkville is the home of Mississippi State University, with an enrollment of 20,000 students, Starkville has a vibrant downtown and the Cotton District, a nationally recognized New Urbanist neighborhood. Despite these assets, the city’s challenges include strip commercial corridors and poorly designed housing developments. TWC was hired to lead a plan built upon extensive research and a multi-day public charrette.
Tullahoma Comprehensive Plan
Tullahoma is a community of 20,000 people in South Central Tennessee with a rich history, and is the home of the George Dickel whiskey distillery, and close to the Jack Daniels distillery. TWC was hired by the City to lead a consultant team to prepare a citywide comprehensive plan. Primary issues included the expansion of the Rock Creek Greenway system, enhancements to strip commercial corridors, preservation of historic neighborhoods, and revitalization of the Downtown.
Pikeville Comprehensive Plan
Pikeville is the seat of Pike County. Its economy relied on coal mining until the past few decades. Taking an extremely proactive stance, this community of 7,000 people has since diversified its economy and revitalized the downtown to become the cultural and economic hub of Eastern KY Appalachia. Despite serving as a subconsultant to Intergated Engineering on this project, TWC’s Phil Walker served as the overall Project Manager in the preparation of this award-winning plan, including leading all public engagement.
Hernando Comprehensive Plan
As the seat of DeSoto County, Hernando is a community of 15,000 located in the northwest corner of Mississippi. Located 25 miles south of Memphis on I-55, this historic community has a relatively balanced economy and a vibrant downtown. Key planning issues included peripheral growth, annexation, and the need to capture more retail sales tax revenues. The Walker Collaborative was hired by the City to lead a multi-disciplinary consultant team to prepare a new comprehensive plan.
Phil Walker has played a key role in the following projects through The Walker Collaboration (since 2002) and previous firms.
“Philip and his team are sincerely nice people with no pretense –
a delight to be around and interact with.
I am looking forward to helping implement all the great ideas and images they created for our City.”
“I enjoyed your session. Your presentation was streamlined so it was easy to follow and grasp concepts,
entertaining with your natural injection of humor, and you had excellent presence.
You really connected with your audience.”
“Mr. Walker assembled a talented team…that have dramatically changed the neighborhood for the better.
The plan has since been used as a model strategy for the revitalization
of other similar neighborhoods in Tupelo.”
“I can tell you project managers make all the difference in the overall success of major planning initiatives. Phil Walker provided leadership at every step of the project. He took the lead role in all public meetings, served as the key point of contact with the City, and oversaw all aspects of the planning process. He exhibited a high level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness.”
“The reason the City continuously hires The Walker Collaborative, even over the course of multiple political administrations, is because they do a good job. Phil is good at listening to his clients and the public in general, and he takes the time to understand the various existing conditions in a thorough manner. His solutions for our community always seem to be the most technically sound and pragmatic path to take, so we value his recommendations.”
“From all accounts, The Walker Collaborative knows what it’s doing when the aim is downtown revitalization… What we like most about this process is the strong desire this organization has to get public input…
The Walker Collaborative seemed to truly care about getting local buy-in.”
“… the City hired The Walker Collaborative (TWC) to craft a detailed revitalization strategy in 2013… Issues addressed included uses and development along the Coosa River … Although budgets are tight, we have used the plan to make steady progress in revitalizing the district… The City of Wetumpka was quite pleased with the services and end product provided by The Walker Collaborative.”
“The Walker Collaborative did a tremendous job of helping to forge the initial vision for our heritage area. The economic study prepared by Phil Walker and persuasively presented by him in five communities throughout the region was instrumental in confirming the potential of our proposed heritage area and solidifying widespread political and public support.”
“Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsize Communities is excellent for anyone working in revitalization. The book covers all of the aspects that help create a healthy downtown and a successful revitalization strategy. It’s the big picture of what makes a downtown function and the importance of having a plan. It reminded me what initially interested me about the field.”
“Working with TWC on the Washington Drive District Plan was enjoyable and rewarding. Phil’s team was very qualified and easy to work with. The high-quality renderings made the plan catch people’s attention. The vision and strategies detailed in the written text inspired those who will implement it. Phil is very attentive, quick to respond, always willing to listen, and incorporate your ideas.”