Company HistoryA Consulting Practice Built On A Foundation of Public Service


Civic Solutions, Inc. is a community development consulting firm that provides comprehensive planning and entitlement services to municipalities, special districts and other public agencies. The firm is established around the principle that community planning and development ultimately serve the public interest.

Civic Solutions was established in 1991 and has maintained its focused commitment to serve public agencies for over 25 years. The idea for Civic Solutions emanated from its founder Tom Merrell’s passion for serving the public interest after almost 30 years of public service.  Upon retiring in 1991, he began providing services for cities in the Southern California area and has grown the firm to provide urban planning and community development services state-wide.

We are a local business with company headquarters in San Juan Capistrano and a satellite office in the city of Ontario. The company is a California Corporation, led by its founder Tom Merrell, AICP, President and Chairman of the Board. Guided by the company philosophy that planning is for people, Civic Solutions is ideally equipped to successfully complete community development projects to the satisfaction of our clients and the communities we serve.

We Serve In The Public Interest

We provide “added value” service in all planning functions. The experienced professionals who staff our firm have extensive backgrounds in public sector service.

Our services include all functions of a municipal planning department, including discretionary case processing, public information services, code compliance/plan checking, site visits, mitigation monitoring, code enforcement, zoning code amendments, architectural design guidelines, specific plans, policy planning and general plan updates. We provide support services in the form of graphics, design evaluation, analysis of alternatives, report writing, environmental impact documentation, annexations, grant writing, housing elements, citizen participation programs and other community development activities.