Invest :: Whether it is time, money, knowledge, or effort, we work with people to leave a legacy of improvement by making their investments count.
Connect :: Achieving the best outcomes involves understanding the interrelatedness of many different people, points of view, and efforts. Our practice is interdisciplinary, holistic, and collaborative to its core.
Engage :: We present analysis, strategy, and vision with clarity, while listening actively to clients, stakeholders, and residents in order to establish an honest and authentic dialogue
Impact :: We work with like-minded, passionate leaders, residents, investors, and workers to improve peoples’ lives and the cities in which they live. 
Clarity :: We work diligently to understand our audience so that we can effectively communicate to them, conveying concepts with clear language, graphics, maps, numbers, and illustrations.
Implement :: We have the practical expertise and experience to think through implementation on day one, and provide our clients clarity in the steps that lie ahead.

Planning Great Cities

Investing in people, places, and buildings enables cities to achieve their potential as economically thriving and livable places. Development Strategies works with clients to craft plans, strategies, and policies that matter.


Cities are complex, and so are the challenges they face; that is why we’ve built a practice that is holistic, diverse, and collaborative.

Our Story

We are a team who cares deeply about cities and the people who live in them. We partner with our clients to make their communities more vibrant, prosperous and equitable.

Recent Projects

Single Site Property Highest & Best Use
Charleston County, South Carolina
“Housing Drives”: Greater Lansing Tri-County Housing Assessment & Strategy
Greater Lansing MSA, Michigan
“Housing Our Future” Plan
Charleston County, South Carolina
Downtown Decatur Plan
Decatur, Georgia