Community Planning is the framework from which present and future challenges are addressed in a thoughtful stakeholder-driven process. The complexity of challenges in our land use, community, and school planning assignments requires a diversity of professional expertise and training.

Each assignment is directed by senior planning staff that has the resources of our entire organisation available to them. Planning is not a linear, rigid process, but rather evolves during the planning period with input from the community and stakeholders and analysis of data.

How can SLR help?

As “what ifs” and “whys” emerge, our staff provides creative solutions based on best practises and sound analysis using GIS, public outreach, and traditional and new media resources. Our staff members pride themselves on their ability to work effectively with public and private sector stakeholders, as well as the general public, to forge consensus and achieve the desired outcome for every assignment.

Our services include:

Our planning experience ranges from small towns and villages looking to update their comprehensive plans and zoning regulations to urban canters seeking to create a sustainable long-term vision to school systems seeking guidance with enrolment projections and redistricting plans.

Working closely with the community’s leadership, we carefully listen to the aspirations of the community, facilitate and articulate a clear community-driven vision, and develop realistic strategies that are tailored to your individual needs.

Our team

  • Michael Zuba Manager of Planning
    Michael Zuba

    Mike leads the Community Planning Team for public, private, and educational planning and development projects. As a nationally certified planner, he has assisted more than 60 communities ranging from small towns and villages to large urban centres. Mike understands the complexity of modern planning projects, balancing input from many stakeholders, managing project dynamics, and fostering public involvement. He has been actively involved in a variety of community planning assignments, including the preparation of community comprehensive plans; housing studies; residential and commercial market studies; and projects requiring revitalisation, redevelopment, and reuse planning. Additionally, Mike is certified by the National Charrette Institute (NCI) for designing public outreach processes and workshops. He has extensive experience serving as a facilitator for the firm’s public planning processes including school redistricting, facility master plans, and community comprehensive plans.

  • Rebecca Augur Principal Planner
    Rebecca Augur

    Rebecca serves as Connecticut’s President for the American Planning Association (APA) and is active in the APA’s National President’s Council. Rebecca brings a diverse background and experience as a consulting, regional, and municipal planner. Her technical skills include comprehensive planning, zoning regulations, GIS analysis, and public outreach, and she is experienced in a variety of community and school planning projects. Rebecca's skills as a certified planner and training through the National Charrette Institute (NCI) contribute to her deep understanding of the complex demographic, housing, and social factors influencing community plans and decision-making, as well as her ability to facilitate the public planning process.

  • Patrick Gallagher Senior Planner
    Patrick Gallagher

    Patrick is a certified planner with expertise in land use assessment, demographic and socioeconomic analysis, transportation planning, public outreach, data visualisation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Patrick has extensive experience using GIS on a wide range of community, environmental, and transportation planning projects. His areas of expertise include database creation and management, spatial analysis, and cartography. With experience in both the public and private sector, his work combines technical proficiency with the engagement of local, regional, and state stakeholders.

  • Elizabeth Esposito Planner II
    Elizabeth Esposito

    Liz is a nationally certified planner with expertise in community development, land use assessments, socioeconomic analyses, data visualisation, public outreach, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). With experience in both the public and private sector, her work combines technical proficiency with necessary community engagement skills to inform and build consensus with local, regional, and state stakeholders. Liz has extensive experience using GIS on a wide range of community, environmental, and transportation planning projects.