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Charleston, WV Comprehensive Plan

West Virginia’s capital was new to comprehensive planning the way we had become accustomed in Michigan. While they had an old plan, not much had been visioned lately and implementation was mostly in the hands of the Urban Renewal Authority, strong neighborhoods, and local non-profits. The City was eager and collaborative in the entire “Imagine Charleston” process to bring modern planning best practices to a vibrant, diverse city. Partnered with MKSK on the Downtown Plan, LSL Planning led the Comprehensive Plan half of this project. We worked towards building capacity with a 90 member (!) advisory committee, later broken down into technical groups to cover key topics. (2013)

  • Led neighborhoods portion of the process and plan development
  • Prepared land use character analysis and recommendations
  • Managed the writing of the entire comprehensive plan
  • Assisted with transportation implementation alternatives before the plan was even finished
  • Led public involvement process
  • Coordinated with MKSK on urban design concepts
  • Illustrator
  • GIS
  • InDesign

See the plan here.

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City of Charleston, WV
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