Community Development

When shaping a community—whether defining a vision, planning for an entire region or a specific site, engaging the public, or evaluating the environmental consequences of plans—an integrated and flexible approach that recognizes, embraces, and plans for the future is needed.

Community plans and projects have the potential to impact lives, and success often hinges on avoiding impacts and creating a participatory approach.

ESA's experienced team partners with public and private sector clients to develop plans that clearly map the path from vision to reality so our clients actually achieve their desired results; plans that can be built and at the same time protect critical resources, achieving sustainable results. We evaluate and plan for people, place, economy, and the environment, balancing complex and competing objectives to better help our clients navigate and implement land use regulations, determine appropriate uses of land, and design and evaluate the environmental effects of land development and redevelopment activities.

We’ve combined planning and technical skills with a thorough understanding of environmental conditions, design processes, and agency requirements to help clients plan, design, permit, and implement their planning and development projects in more than 3,000 cities and counties throughout the U.S.

See How We Do It
Environmental Technical Studies
Federal and State Environmental Compliance
Regulatory Permitting and Compliance Monitoring
Ecosystem Restoration and Mitigation
Environmental and Community Planning
Sustainability and Climate Change


ESA  Staff
Terri (Vitar) Avila
Community Development Leader