Planners in Private Practice

Planners in Private Practice (PIPP) is a division of the Michigan Chapter, American Planning Association.  PIPP is a collective of private planning consulting firms that provide fee-for-service or contract based services for planning, zoning, development and site plan review, economic and community development, placemaking and myriad other municipal functions.

Michigan has dozens of planning firms, large and small, to meet the unique planning and zoning needs in your community. A planning consultant might be hired to update your zoning ordinance, or to lead a master planning process.  Smaller communities might retain planning consultants for day to day planning and zoning administration.  

MAP has developed a resource to answer your questions about using private practice planners.  Follow this link to learn more about private practice planning in Michigan, including these important topics:

  • Why Use a Planning Consultant
  • How to Select a Planning Consultant
  • The Competitive Selection Process
  • Interview and Selection
  • Ten Reasons to Look to Michigan’s Private Practice Community Planning Consultants FIRST

DIRECTORY OF MICHIGAN CONSULTING FIRMS

(Members Of Planners In Private Practice)

Aligned Planning
Lynee Wells, AICP
1451 Robinson Rd
Grand Rapids, Michigan
(616) 648-3534
[email protected]
www.alignedplanning.org
Anderson Economic Group
Sara Bowers
1555 Watertower Place #100
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
(517) 333-6984
Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
535 West William Street,Suite 101
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 663-2622
Fax (734) 663-6759
Petoskey (231) 347-2523
Traverse City (231) 933-8400
Carlisle | Wortman Associates, Inc.
John L. Enos, AICP
117 N 1st Street, Ste. 70
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-2200
Fax (734) 662-1935
Clarkston (248) 625-8455 
[email protected]
www.cwaplan.com

The Collaborative
Kristen Nyht, AICP
213 South Main Street, Suite 200
Ann Arbor MI 48104
(734) 922-8002 x253
[email protected]
tc.design

Community Image Builders
CIB Planning
Carmine P. Avantini, AICP
17195 Silver Parkway, #309
Fenton, MI  48430
(810) 335-3800
   
Community Planning and Land Use Consulting
Rob Larrea, AICP
Principal | Community Planner
Traverse City, MI
(231)944-3031
Giffels Webster 
Rodney Arroyo, AICP
28 West Adams, Suite 1200
Detroit, MI  48226
Phone: (313) 962-4442
Fax: (313) 962-5068
HNTB Michigan, Inc.
Carly Mitchell, AICP
535 Griswold Street, Suite 1100
Detroit, MIchigan 48226
(313) 230-0966  

Horizon Community Planning
David M. Jirousek, MCP, AICP
Grand Rapids, MI
616-540-1794
[email protected]
www.horizon-planning.com

LandUseUSA | Urban Strategies
Sharon Woods, CRE, CNUa, FBCI, NCI, MA
6971 Westgate Drive
Laingsburg, MI 48848
Phone: (517) 290-5531
livingLAB: A collaborative design studio
1274 Library Street, Suite 1D
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 974-7602
MainStreet Planning Company
Janis Norman Johnson, AICP
Timothy J. Johnson, PCP
1600 East Beltline NE, Suite 212
Grand Rapids, MI  49525
(616)649.3846
Mannik Smith Group
Lucie Fortin, AICP
1771 North Dixie Highway
Monroe, Michigan 48162
(734) 289-2200
McKenna 
235 East Main Street, Suite 105
Northville, Michigan 48167
(248) 596-0920
Fax (248) 596-0930
(toll free) (888) 226-4326
Kalamazoo (269) 382-4443
Mead & Hunt, Inc.
Stephanie Ward, AICP, Senior Project Planner
2605 Port Lansing Road
Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 321-8334
Fax (517) 321-5932
(toll free) (866) 441-5214
   
Mission North, LLC
Rob Bacigalupi, AICP
627 Sixth Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 883-7266
[email protected]
www.missionnorthmi.com
MKSK Studios
Brad Strader, AICP
4219 Woodward Ave #305
Detroit, MI  48201
(248) 586-0505
North of 45
Patrick Coleman, AICP
49014 N Grosse Pointe Road
Hancock, MI 49330
(906) 370-9953
[email protected]
OHM Advisors
Christine Spitzley, AICP
34000 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
[email protected]
(734) 466-4517
   
Pivot Planning & Design Collaborative
Adrianna Jordan, AICP, Principal
Berkley, MI 48072
(734) 846-7015
Prestige Planning and Land Use Consulting
Angela Carnahan
4375 Clinton Macon Road
Clinton, MI 49236
cell (503) 269-5675
Preston Community Services, LLC
Peter Preston, AICP
PO Box 413
Saint Johns, MI 48879
(517) 256-0566
[email protected]
Progressive AE
Suzanne M. Schulz, AICP
Urban Planning Practice Leader
cell 616.822.1020
office 616.988.4809
[email protected]
progressiveae.com

Proxima Collective
Landon Bartley, AICP
40 Pearl St. NW #200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-649-5385
[email protected]
www.thinkproxima.com

Rowe Professional Services Company
J. Douglas Piggott, AICP
540 South Saginaw Street, Suite 200
Flint, Michigan 48502
(810) 341-7500
Fax (810) 341-7573
   
SmithGroup
Kathleen Duffy, AICP
201 Depot Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 669-2745
www.smithgroup.com
Spicer Group
Robert Eggers, AICP, Principal
230 S. Washington Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
(toll free) (800) 833-0062
Fax (989) 754-4440
 
   
Wade Trim
500 Griswold Avenue, Suite 2500
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-3650
Fax (313) 961-0898
William & Works, Inc.
Andrew Moore, AICP, Senior Planner
549 Ottawa Avenue, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 224-1500
Fax (616) 224-1501
   
   

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Most professional planners practicing in Michigan are certified and/or registered. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is the national professional institute within the American Planning Association (APA). AICP's central mission is the professional development and certification of its members as a means to the ongoing improvement of the practice of planning. AICP membership includes about 10,000 of the 30,000 APA members. 

 

We hope these recommendations help. Please contact any members of the Planners in Private Practice group for more information about selecting a planning consultant.