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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


(Members Of Planners In Private Practice)

Aligned Planning
Lynee Wells, AICP
1451 Robinson Rd
Grand Rapids, MI
(616) 648-3534
[email protected]
Anderson Economic Group
Sara Bowers
1555 Watertower Place #100
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 333-6984
Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
535 West William Street, Suite 101
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 663-2622
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
Clarkston (248) 625-8455 

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

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 
Jill Bahm, AICP
28 West Adams, Suite 1200
Detroit, MI  48226
(313) 962-4442
[email protected]
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]

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
PO Box 150285
Grand Rapids, MI 49515
(616) 690.5039

Mannik Smith Group
Lucie Fortin, AICP
1771 North Dixie Highway
Monroe, Michigan 48162
(734) 289-2200
235 East Main Street, Suite 105
Northville, Michigan 48167
(248) 596-0920
(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
(toll free) (866) 441-5214
Midwestern Consulting
Tom Covert, AICP, RLA, LEED AP
3815 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
[email protected]

Mission North, LLC
Rob Bacigalupi, AICP
627 Sixth Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 883-7266
[email protected]

MKSK Studios
Brad Strader, AICP
4219 Woodward Ave #305
Detroit, MI  48201
(248) 586-0505
North of 45
Patrick Coleman, AICP
48684 N Grosse Pointe Road
Hancock, MI 49330
(906) 370-9953
[email protected]
OHM Advisors
Nina Kelly, AICP
1145 Griswold Street, Suite 200
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 481-1263
Adrianna Jordan, AICP, Manager
Detroit, MI
(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]
Proxima Collective
Landon Bartley, AICP
40 Pearl St. NW #200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
[email protected]
Rowe Professional Services Company
Jason Ball, AICP
540 South Saginaw Street, Suite 200
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 341-7500
Kathleen Duffy, AICP
201 Depot Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 669-2745
Spalding DeDecker
Cassi Meitl, AICP
15 East Baltimore
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 305-9120
Spicer Group
Cynthia Todd
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



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.