Since 1998, the professionals at The Mellgren Planning Group have helped local governments direct change by preparing land use plans that manage growth, anticipate changes in neighborhood character, prevent loss of open space, provide a range housing choices, and reinforce the viability of traditional downtowns. We have a significant history in economic development and redevelopment, and in crafting zoning codes and land development regulations. Our team has prepared numerous due diligence reports and crafted and successfully presented the full range of quasi-judicial applications. Additionally, we have extensive experience in writing comprehensive plans, corridor and master plans, and zoning codes and land development regulations. The combination of this experience and expertise results in work products that are far beyond the ordinary.
We create policy documents that reflect the unique culture of the local government while addressing all statutory requirements. In addition to preparing the various elements set forth in Florida statutes, we have also written optional elements that addressed climate change and economic development.
TMPG creates project-driven and financially feasible solutions to redevelopment needs. Our redevelopment plans are economics-based and promote successful public-private partnerships. We identify opportunities for partnerships that create a symbiotic relationship with the local government to leverage economic opportunity.
Utilizing economic trends and data, TMPG professionals create plans that address enhanced urban form in aging corridors. We create revitalization strategies that create a sense of place and establish renewed vibrancy.
Zoning Codes and Land Development Regulations
Zoning codes and land development regulations establish the look and feel of development and redevelopment. Regulations must be written clearly and concisely so there is no ambiguity in its meaning, and so they are not subject to challenge. Codes should be intuitive, so the intent can be grasped immediately by both the professional and layperson. TMPG knows each municipality has specific, practical, and strategic goals to accomplish with its zoning code and land development regulations. That is why we take the time to get to know your community, its planning and development history, and your goals before we begin a zoning code rewrite.
We are one of the few firms in Florida that offers experience in the specialized service of form-based code writing. Form-based code takes zoning regulations to the structural utilization level, enabling you to clearly define single or multiple uses for buildings. Applied correctly, a form-based code will not only guide urban form, but also create enhanced livability.
Economic Impact Analyses
The Mellgren Planning Group specializes in crafting strong, defensible methodologies for analyzing the economic impact of unique circumstances. Examples include an analysis of the economic impact of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport runway expansion on the City of Dania Beach general fund revenues, analyzing the economic effect of eliminating traffic concurrency in the Davie Regional Activity Center and, analyzing the economic value of tall sailing vessels to the City of Fort Lauderdale; a study used as a basis for determining the design of the 17th Street Causeway when it was reconstructed.
Several staff members of The Mellgren Planning Group are certified by the National Charrette Institute in designing and managing charrettes and significant public participation meetings. The firm has extensive experience in formulating successful public outreach programs that result in goal setting and consensus building for even the most contentious issues.