ArticlesBy Tom Merrell

Civic Solutions’ Vice President and Director of Planning Services Mary P. Wright was recently elected to the Executive Board of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association as the Vice President for Marketing and Membership.  Her two year term, which begins on January 1, 2018,...

Civic Solutions is pleased to announce that Kirt Coury has joined our senior consultant team as Municipal Planning Services Manager.  Kirt will manage our municipal planning contract services to public sector clients throughout Southern California. Mr. Coury brings over twenty-two years...

Civic Solutions is pleased to announce that Jean Ward, AICP, has joined our senior consultant team as Community Planning Services Manager.  Jean will provide project management and community planning services to public sector clients throughout California. As a planning consultant and...

The City of Downey has selected Civic Solutions to prepare an assessment and overlay zone for biomedical facilities. The City currently enjoys a thriving biomedical sector with three hospitals and a number of supportive facilities. Downey wishes to retain their existing facilities and explore...

Outsourcing in the Planning Department

This article, by the firm’s president, Tom Merrell, AICP, was originally published on the APA national website from 1998 to 2009.  It is reproduced here inasmuch as the principles remain unchanged. The challenge faced by many planning departments today is that they are overwhelmed with a...