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Horsley Witten Group, Inc.


The Horsley Witten Group, Inc. (HW) brings decades of experience and qualifications in land use planning, infrastructure planning, economic development, housing production, open space preservation, community design, natural resource protection, smart growth, low impact development, and smart energy.  HW is a recognized leader in the planning field and has established long-term relationships with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the American Planning Association (APA) as well as numerous state and local governments to whom we provide expert advice and consultation. 

Since our inception in 1988, HW has worked closely with municipal officials across the Commonwealth to develop a wide variety of planning tools.  Our Massachusetts-based clientele has included hundreds of public entities.  Some of our recent clients include the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the development of a Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit as well as numerous municipalities across the Commonwealth, for whom we performed various planning and zoning projects.  HW was also one of the lead consultants for providing technical assistance in the form of planning, zoning and public education for over 25 Massachusetts municipalities in 2008 – 2010, associated with the Massachusetts Green Communities Initiative.

HW is nationally recognized for its public engagement and facilitation expertise.  As contractors to EPA, HW staff members facilitate hundreds of workshops per year for a variety of audiences, including local government staff, state and federal decision-makers, water and wastewater utility personnel, general contractors, and the general public.  Several of our staff members are certified Charrette Managers by the National Charrette Institute (NCI). 

Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

 

McMahon Associates, Inc.


McMahon Associates, Inc. practices exclusively in the areas of traffic engineering, transportation planning, and design.  With over 30 years of experience, McMahon has compiled an extensive record of completed engineering projects for Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Highways, Transit, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)/Signals, Data Collection, Structures, Water Resources, Highway Safety, Land Surveying and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Most of these projects required McMahon to orchestrate a comprehensive, highly communicative public participation process, which led to consensus among various interest groups.  Whether providing comprehensive transportation plans, short- and long-range improvement strategies, conceptual and final designs, traffic impact analyses, traffic engineering reviews, traffic signal design, or services during construction, McMahon has delivered results that resolve clients’ transportation infrastructure needs for today, tomorrow and years to come.

McMahon Associates, Inc.

 

Community Opportunities Group, Inc.


Community Opportunities Group, Inc. (COG) was founded in 1979 to meet the housing and community development needs of New England cities and towns.  For many years, it focused almost exclusively on the HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and built its excellent reputation by helping clients design, fund and implement projects that improved the quality of life for people who lived and worked in their communities.  Owing to years of experience and the varied composition of its client base – from major cities in the Northeast to the villages of Berkshire County, Connecticut and New Hampshire – COG is a recognized expert in packaging CDBG with other funding sources.  COG has helped communities reach goals that once seemed unattainable. 

COG’s success in housing and community development enabled it to expand the firm’s professional horizons.  It has managed numerous public construction projects such as libraries, elderly housing, senior centers, parks, neighborhood infrastructure and historic building restoration.  COG also offers technical assistance in downtown revitalization, housing development and regulatory compliance, and capacity-building services to help small non-profit organizations develop the ability to grow.

Today, municipal planning and zoning occupy a central place in the firm’s portfolio.  Recent engagements include numerous master plans, area studies and plans, visioning, asset and liability inventories, farmland preservation studies, open space and recreation plans, development impact studies, growth management plans, housing studies, feasibility studies, and predevelopment services.  In addition, COG has written numerous zoning bylaws and ordinances, from recodification to comprehensive zoning revisions.  For comprehensive permits and large-scale development projects, COG also offers local permitting authorities peer review support and assistance with negotiations with developers.

Community Opportunities Group, Inc.

 

Dodson & Flinker


For twenty five years, Dodson Associates has been a leader in promoting Smart Growth and sustainable development for urban, suburban and rural communities.  Beginning with such seminal works as “Dealing with Change in the Connecticut Valley” and “Rural by Design”, the firm helped demonstrate that there are alternatives to suburban sprawl, and that our communities can continue to grow and prosper without destroying historic character and quality of life.  To illustrate these ideas, the firm pioneered the application of a designer's approach to regional planning, with unique aerial perspective drawings that convey the relationship of individual sites to the larger region to which they are connected.  These are combined with a scenario planning process that allows users to compare the physical results of alternative future scenarios, from the "business as usual" conventional plan to a more creative and sustainable Smart Growth alternative.  Dodson Associates used these techniques as part of Regional Plan Association's Third Regional Plan and their ongoing Regional Design Program, as well as for regional planning studies in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Berlin, Germany.  The firm’s emphasis on physical planning and design and its skills in perspective rendering and digital simulation techniques allow complex planning and design techniques to be understood by the general public, generating enthusiasm and support for proposals among stakeholders, government and the general public.

Dodson & Flinker