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
• Housing
• Economic Development
• Historic Preservation

Comprehensive & Area Planning Project Portfolio

Anniston, Alabama

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, Mississippi

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, Tennessee

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, Kentucky

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, Mississippi

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.

Additional Projects

Phil Walker has played a key role in the following projects through The Walker Collaboration (since 2002) and previous firms.

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Projects for which he was the Project Manager have been asterisked (*)

Fairhope Comprehensive Plan: Fairhope, Alabama (2022)

Lookout Mountain Comprehensive Plans: Lookout Mountain, Georgia (2009, 2019)*

Lebanon Comprehensive Plan: Lebanon, Tennessee (2018)

Russellville Comprehensive Plan: Russellville, Arkansas (2017)

Clarksville Comprehensive Plan: Clarksville, Arkansas (2017)

Long Hollow Area Plan: Sumner County, Tennessee (2016)*

Oxford Comprehensive Plan: Oxford, Mississippi (2015)

East Alabama Livability Implementation Plan: East Alabama (2014)*

Lewisburg Vision & Concept Plan: Lewisburg, Tennessee (2013)

Pittsburgh Comprehensive Plan: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2010)

West 30s Plan: Covington, Louisiana (2009)*

Clemmons Comprehensive Plan: Clemmons, North Carolina (2009)

Wilson Comprehensive Plan: Wilson, North Carolina (2008)

Forest Hills Open Space Plan: Forest Hills, Tennessee (2008)

High Point Core City Comprehensive Plan: High Point, North Carolina (2007)*

Pleasant Grove R/UDAT Charrette & Consulting: Pleasant Grove, Utah (2006)

Isle of Wight Area Plan: Isle of Wight County, Virginia (2006)

High Point Core City Plan: High Point, North Carolina (2006)*

Chancellorsville Land Use & Transportation Study: Spotsylvania County, Virginia (2006)

Midway Comprehensive Plan: Midway, Georgia (2006)*

Kingsport Planning Recommendations: Kingsport, Tennessee (2004)*

MidTown Columbus Redevelopment Plan: Columbus, Georgia (2004)

Uptown Memphis Comprehensive Plan: Memphis, Tennessee (2001)*

Blackman Area Alternative Concept Plan: Rutherford County, Tennessee (2000)*

Grays Creek Area Plan: Shelby County, Tennessee (1999)*

Nolensville Comprehensive Plan: Nolensville, Tennessee (1997)*

Doylestown Master Plan Update: Doylestown, Pennsylvania (1997)

Music Row Plan: Nashville, Tennessee (1997)*

East Amwell Township Master Plan: East Amwell, New Jersey (1991)

Evesham Township Master Plan: Marlton, New Jersey (1991)*

Branchburg Township Master Plan: Branchburg, New Jersey (1990)*

Gainesville Comprehensive Plan: Gainesville, Florida (1986)


“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.”

Courier Staff
The Courier (Russellville, AR)

“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.”

Kent Bain
Program Coordinator
Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance

“Phil is a pleasure to work with and for. He is committed to giving his clients
everything they seek while providing high-quality professional recommendations and plans.
He is always seeking the best in colleagues and consultants, as well.”

Ron Emrich
Former Executive Director
Preservation New Jersey

“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.”

David Bennett
City of Lookout Mountain, GA

“Phil’s charrette process exceeded our expectations… Phil and his team demonstrated an outstanding ability to work with anxious developers, interested property owners, and concerned neighbors. The caliber of Walker’s work was proven when the resulting Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Planning Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association.”

Katherine E. Ennis, AICP
Planning Director
City of Northport, Alabama

“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.”

Joey Dunn, AICP
Director of Planning & Development Services
City of Bryan, Texas

“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.”

Denise Boswell, Ph.D.
Senior Planner, Planning and Development Services
City of Wilson, NC

“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.”

Larry Otis
City of Tupelo, Mississippi

“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.”

Merideth Hildreth, AICP
Hillsboro, New Mexico

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.”

Jeff Siegler, CMSM
Ohio Main Street Program