Clarion Associates is a national land-use consulting firm with an unusual combination of talents in planning, design, law, and real estate economics. With more than 30 years in practice, we specialize in developing creative solutions to difficult land use, design, and development questions. Clarion is particularly known for its expertise in plan implementation. We represent both public- and private-sector clients on a variety of planning and zoning matters.
We take pride in making connections and creating synergies between our core practice areas. We leverage our team’s diversity and capitalize on our individual strengths to provide our clients deeper insights and better solutions to complex land use challenges. Our nimble size and flexible structure enables us to have firm principals directly involved in every project and to provide tailored solutions to each client. Although some firm members are lawyers, Clarion Associates is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice.
Significant events and movements have taken place in our country this year. First, the youth-led Sunrise Movement called for action on the climate crisis. Then the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, causing widespread health and economic uncertainty, resulting in new programs and policies to support local governments through the crisis. Then George Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against systemic racism and called for major policy reforms to advance racial justice. During these uncertain times, the act of community planning provides a path forward, and we must meet the moment by responding to calls for climate and equity justice with thoughtful consideration of whether current planning policies and land use regulations are leading us to the futures we want. The immediate challenges we face should not prevent our communities from looking and planning for a better tomorrow for all of us, and for future generations.
Since our founding in 1992, we have worked across the country with hundreds of communities across a broad spectrum of place types—from rural to suburban to urban. We understand that every community is unique and requires its own tailored set of planning and implementation tools. We bring an unparalleled depth of experience in helping to craft thoughtful solutions for our clients.
We are recognized nationwide as leaders in community planning and plan implementation. Driven by a passion for what we do and a desire to continually push for new approaches to old problems, we publish on a wide variety of topics and frequently speak at national and state conferences.
We have had repeated success in organizing and leading community-driven processes that yield results. We work hand-in-hand with elected and appointed officials, staff, citizens, and diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders to build trust in the planning process and widespread support for the ultimate recommendations.
While many communities face similar planning challenges, there are no simple solutions or common answers. We bring our depth of experience, our knowledge of best practices, and our sensitivity to local conditions to bear on each project—developing tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of each client.
We leverage our passion for people, places, and the environment to generate positive, equitable change in the world.
We ground our actions in honesty, candor, and respect to build trusting and healthy relationships.
We experience joy and balance in our lives and work by prioritizing time for health, leisure, and adventure.
We further our individual and collective growth through continuous learning and sharing our insights with others.
We use our curiosity, creativity, knowledge, and experience to respond to dynamic challenges and develop intentional, creative solutions.