Consultant Team

Dover, Kohl & Partners
| Project Leader, Citizen-Based Planning & Visioning

Dover, Kohl & Partners, located in Coral Gables, Florida, is best known for public design charrettes, detailed master plans, and illustrative codes that emphasize complete neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities.  Founded in 1987, our expertise lies in balancing the visionary ‘civic art’ of planning with the practical consensus building needed to make projects succeed. We are trained in the principles of traditional town planning and have perfected techniques for gathering meaningful community input.  Our plans focus on smart growth, sustainability, and emphasizing that there does not have to be a trade-off between livability, economic prosperity, and environmental concerns.

Dover-Kohl founding principals, Victor Dover and Joseph Kohl,  are charter members of the Congress for the New Urbanism and have worked for many public agencies, developers, and citizen groups to lead unique planning efforts aimed at creating foundations for future growth.  Multiple Dover-Kohl projects have received American Planning Association (APA) Awards, including the Downtown Plan for Richmond, VA, the Downtown Plan and SmartCode for Montgomery, AL, and Prospects for Southeast Lee County DR/GR for Lee County, FL.  The firm has also received Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Charter Awards and has received the Driehaus Form-Based Codes Award three times since its inception in 2007 including for the Towns, Villages, Countryside Land Development Regulations in St. Lucie County, Florida; the Compact Communities Code for Lee County, Florida; and most recently the 2012 award for the Bradenton Form-Based Code for Bradenton, Florida.  In addition, Connecting El Paso received a 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement from the EPA.

Our work has been published in Progressive Architecture, in Metropolitan Home, in numerous planning journals, and has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN’s Earthwatch, and in BusinessWeek.  Dover-Kohl projects have also been profiled in The New Urbanism by Peter Katz, Rural By Design by Randall Arendt, Sustainable Urbanism by Douglas Farr, Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones, Form-Based Codes by Daniel Parolek, as well as Land Use Strategies and Public Participation Tools, both published by the Center for Livable Communities.

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ)
| Planning Policy & Modeling Tools

Celebrating its 31st year in 2011, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) is a major leader in the practice and direction of urban planning, having designed over 300 new and existing communities in the United States and overseas.

DPZ’s projects have received numerous awards, including two National AIA Awards, the Vincent Scully Prize, the Thomas Jefferson Medal and two Governor’s Urban Design Awards for Excellence. The firm’s early project of Seaside, Florida, was the first authentic new town to be built successfully in the United States in over fifty years. In 1989, Time Magazine selected Seaside as one of the 10 “Best of the Decade” achievements in the field of design. The firm has also been featured in other national media such as NBC News and ABC News, as well as Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker.

The firm is led by its Principals, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, aided by Partners Galina Tachieva, Marina Khoury, Senen Antonio and Matthew Lambert. The firm was responsible for updating and upgrading the entire City of Miami zoning code in the groundbreaking Miami 21 project, as well as for the masterplans for Downtown Stuart, Downtown West Palm Beach, and Downtown Kendall.

DPZ has also taken a leading role in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Most notably, DPZ organized and led the Mississippi Renewal Forum, which generated plans for all eleven municipalities along the Mississippi Coast, conducted the Louisiana Speaks charrette series and participated in the Unified New Orleans Plan as neighborhood planners.

Emerge Consulting | Public Outreach & Partnership Building

Tammy and Clarence Anthony founded Emerge Consulting, Inc. in 1996 to provide comprehensive public and private sector consulting services.  Clarence is the former mayor of South Bay. Currently, the firm’s strength lies in the areas of public outreach and education, environmental support services, business development and marketing.  Emerge’s clients include governmental agencies as well as environmentally-conscious private organizations. Emerge Consulting has two employees and is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Emerge has extensive experience in developing and implementing Public Outreach plans and programs on the State, Regional, and Local level. The company has complied a database of political, community and business partners regionally that can be utilized during the outreach process. On the State level, Emerge was retained by the Office of Supplier Diversity to help with outreach to small and minority-owned businesses.  Other recent clients include PBC Utilities, Palm Beach County, FDOT, City of Ft. Lauderdale, and the South Florida Water Management District.

Criterion Planners | Modeling Tools & Interactive Hands-on Participation

Criterion Planners is a six person urban and regional planning firm located in Portland, Oregon. The firm was founded by Eliot Allen in 1979 to focus on the nexus of community planning and sustainability.  Over the past 30 years the firm has become a nationally-recognized leader in planning techniques and tools that help designers and citizens create places that are measurably more livable and sustainable.  This placemaking ranges from multi-jurisdiction regions to block-level streetscapes, with a scenario planning approach that integrates land-use, transportation, urban design, and environmental stewardship. Criterion’s professionals combine sound technical analysis with creative thinking to assemble plans that produce results. In the last decade alone, the firm’s implemented plans have saved over four billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Criterion specializes in measuring the performance of communities and their plans as a means of informing planning processes and comparing sustainability options.  Using its INDEX scenario software, and green rating systems like LEED-ND, the firm supports stakeholders in identifying issues and needs, setting realistic goals, visualizing possible outcomes, and quantifying likely impacts.  In addition to its flagship INDEX scenario software, Criterion develops custom software and databases for urban planning and sustainability applications. These tools range from desktop applications for special-purpose planning analyses at the local level to web-served databases for national programs and constituencies.

Victor Dover and Eliot Allen worked on the creation of the LEED-ND rating system.  Following Hurricane Katrina, DPZ worked with Criterion to implement a comprehensive planning system and model the Mississippi Gulf Coast with INDEX, identifying regional growth and preservation sectors, and used these to design the regional transportation system. Since that time DPZ and Criterion have collaborated on numerous projects together.                           

Roar Media, PR and Marketing |Strategic Marketing Communications 

Roar Media is a public relations firm and digital-communications agency that combines traditional public relations and advanced Internet marketing to deliver practical, innovative programs specifically tailored to support clients’ business goals. The firm focuses on marketing for public affairs, corporate clients and professional services firms and has extensive experience in a complete spectrum of industries including public works, legal, healthcare, transportation and technology sectors. The firm is differentiated by its ROI-focused approach, proven ability to deliver meaningful results, and its team members’ experience working as journalists with top-tier media outlets and as Internet marketers with Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit:

Robert Burchell, Rutgers University | Economic Analysis

Dr. Burchell has been producing model growth guides and growth analyses for communities, counties, and states for 40 years.  Dr. Burchell co-authored the Development Impact Assessment Handbook for The Urban Land Institute. His major publications include The Fiscal Impact Handbook, The New Practitioner’s Guide to Fiscal Impact Analysis, The Adaptive Reuse Handbook, and the Environmental Impact Handbook.

For three decades, the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) has served the nation with basic and applied research on a broad spectrum of public policy issues. CUPR, a component of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is nationally and internationally recognized for its research on affordable housing, land use policy, environmental impact analysis, state planning, public finance, land development practice, historic preservation, infrastructure assessment, development impact analysis, the costs of sprawl, transportation information systems, environmental impacts, and community economic development. As a full-time academic research institution, CUPR has developed a wide array of fiscal, environmental, transportation, and quality of life impact models that have been used in major public policy evaluations throughout the United States.  The center currently employs 5 research staff and is based in New Brunswick, NJ.

Cardno ENTRIX | Environmental Economics, Ecology, Sustainability & Climate Change

Cardno ENTRIX is an international environmental and natural resource management consulting firm providing a broad suite of services in Water Resources Management, Natural Resource Management, Permitting & Compliance, and Liability Management. Cardno ENTRIX has over 900 employees and over 33 offices and is a subsidiary of Cardno Limited. The strength of the Cardno brand extends across more than 150 worldwide offices and represents an employee base of over 3,900.

Cardno ENTRIX’s Florida offices have offered premier environmental and natural resource management consulting services in Florida for over 40 years. They offer services from seven Florida offices (Wellington, Vero Beach, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Tampa, Destin, and Tallahassee). They are intimately familiar with Florida’s regulations, habitats, listed species issues, assessment methodologies, geology, and water resource issues. Cardno ENTRIX has worked extensively with representatives of multiple State agencies and municipal governments, as well as with many federal agencies.

Bill Spikowski, Spikowski Planning Associates | Model Ordinances

Bill Spikowski founded Spikowski Planning Associates in 1992 after serving as Growth Management Director for Lee County, Florida. Spikowski Planning Associates is a single employee practice based in Ft. Myers Florida. He has over 25 years experience with public sector agencies, writing and implementing comprehensive plans, redevelopment plans, and zoning codes. Spikowski is a frequent speaker and author on town planning and innovative code-writing techniques, recently contributing to A Legal Guide to Urban and Sustainable Development for Planners, Developers, and Architects by Daniel Sloane and Doris Goldstein, and to Form-Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers by Daniel Slone, Dan Parolek, Karen Parolek, and Paul Crawford.

Bill Spikowski and Dover-Kohl have collaborated on over a dozen projects together throughout Florida and the United States. Bill has assisted Dover-Kohl on the Towns, Villages, Countryside Land Development Regulations for North St. Lucie County, the Collier County Community Character Plan, Prospects for Southeast Lee County, and, currently, on the Comprehensive Plan for El Paso, Texas.                                                                                           

HDR | Transportation & Infrastructure Planning

HDR is a global leader among integrated architecture, engineering and consulting design firms, with 7,800 employees in 185 offices worldwide including 11 offices in Florida.  Founded in 1917, HDR serves clients in all 50 states, and around the world. HDR ranks among the largest, most experienced firms in the world.  Organized as an employee-owned corporation, every HDR employee has a personal and professional obligation to the company’s success.

HDR’s operating philosophy is to be an expertise-driven national firm which delivers tailored solutions through a strong network of local offices. HDR has extensive experience working with cities, counties, and regional government agencies in Florida and around the country. In fact, more than 80 percent of HDR’s revenues stem from projects with local, regional and federal government agencies. HDR’s wealth of expertise and geographic perspectives paired with our local staff provide a powerful combination.

Strategic Economics | Transit Oriented Development Impacts 


The Brookings Institution | Economic Advisory Panel


Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. | Multimodal Transportation


Cardno TBE | Brownfield Redevelopment 


Tom Capp, Gorman & Company, Inc. | Housing Development Expertise


Crowdbrite | Online Ideas Collaboration




Municipal Code Corporation | Solution Integration


Paul Vrooman, University of Miami | Community Outreach & Education