Will your community shape its own future?

czb partners with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and neighborhood groups working to improve their communities in the areas of planning, economic vitality, neighborhood health, and housing market balance.

Our clients aspire to deal in the facts that define opportunities, understand the forces that drive politics, and make informed decisions even when it’s difficult. 

No matter where you are starting, we can help.


Planning and Design

Neighborhood Revitalization

Housing Analysis and Strategy

Affordability, Gentrification, and Equity

Public and Small Group Facilitation

Resident Leadership Development


Featured Work

Whether your community wants to be economically stronger, be more equitable, or increase quality of life, we partner with you to find the way forward.

Explore all of our work with cities, towns, and regions across the country



How can a comprehensive plan and updated zoning code steer a small city in a bold new direction?

PK4Keeps, the city's new comprehensive plan, provides the community with a coherent vision for the next 20 years and a highly customized implementation process that encourages focused and holistic work in each part of the city. Updates to the city's  zoning code will ensure that Poughkeepsie's code is a reflection of the plan's vision.



PK4Keeps - A Comprehensive Plan for Poughkeepsie



What kind of development code is necessary to implement a city's brand new vision?

Greenville's new land management ordinance will be the first major effort to implement GVL2040, a pro-growth comprehensive plan (also by czb) that prioritizes land preservation, affordable housing, and multi-modal transportation. To help facilitate progress on these priorities, Greenville's new code will increase the predictability of development processes, enable greater development densities in selected nodes, and clarify the connection between Greenville's emerging urban form and the achievement of its long-range vision. 



Greenville Development Code



How can Baltimore substantially shrink its inventory of vacant properties while nurturing healthier, more inclusive neighborhoods?

Progress on vacant and abandoned housing in Baltimore has been notable in recent years, but stubbornly high concentrations of vacant buildings in neighborhoods with weak demand and high poverty threaten to stall further progress. A new approach is needed that shifts the focus from resolving vacancy to making entire groups of blocks healthy and more resistent to future vacancy. 



Whole Blocks, Whole City

Reclaiming Vacant Property Throughout Baltimore


Where we're working right now

Housing Onondaga

Onindaga County, NY

Visit the project website HousingOnondaga.org

Syracuse Housing Strategy

Syracuse, NY

Visit the project website syracusehousingstudy.org

Fargo Growth Plan 2024

Fargo, ND

Visit the project website fargogrowthplan.org

High Point 2045 Comprehensive Plan

High Point, NC

Visit the project website highpoint2045.org

"czb is an extraordinary group, whom I think of as representing the state of the art in urban planning and housing studies. They don’t just follow a playbook, but think deeply about each community with which they are engaged. Their work is precise, detailed and yet broad in its outlook, and thoroughly grounded in a commitment to equity and opportunity for low-income and vulnerable populations." 

- Alan Mallach | Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress

czb is an award-winning planning firm working in cities, towns, and regions across America.

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