WHO WE ARE :: Firm Info

Kendall Planning + Design provides urban design and planning services to City and County planning departments, redevelopment agencies, school districts and other government agencies as well as to private land owners, non-profit agencies and attorneys. We offer extensive experience in managing complex planning projects requiring close coordination of numerous agencies and stakeholders and extensive community participation. KPD offers unique skill in crafting consensus, articulating policies, and developing implementation strategies. Founded in 1996 by Alison Kendall, LEED AP, AICP, the firm is a small, women-owned business enterprise providing personalized service from senior professionals with a wealth of experience in planning and design.

Added to this depth of planning skills is an equally well developed knowledge of urban design and building design. Typical projects frequently include developing and analyzing design prototypes, illustrating design guidelines and development standards, writing and administering planning and zoning ordinances and numerous additional project types. With staff trained in architecture, urban design and planning, Kendall Planning + Design develops uniquely appropriate solutions to complex urban issues, informed by a thorough knowledge of real estate economics and building design.

Our mission is to provide unique solutions to complex urban problems by offering comprehensive planning, project management and design services, with efficient and client-focused processes. We offer a particular focus on environmentally-responsible planning practices, improved pedestrian access and community-oriented design.

Community Participation
Community participation is a key portion of virtually any planning project. We offer extensive public facilitation experience including public workshops, stakeholder outreach, facilitating public meetings and design charrettes and planning for newsletters or other modes of community outreach. We have presented complex planning issues to audiences as diverse as Subcommittees of the U.S. Congress, County Boards of Supervisors, Councils and Planning Commissions and neighborhood, business and environmental interest groups.

Sustainable Design
Kendall Planning + Design has a longstanding commitment to preserving the livability of California cities through sustainable development, efficient land use patterns and better transit service. We have experience in managing EIR preparation and CEQA and NEPA Environmental Review processes. From green community centers, to developing neighborhood walkability, to developing sustainable plans for schools, communities and major public parks we offer knowledge of environmentally-responsible planning techniques at all scales.

Urban Design
Kendall Planning + Design has prepared design guidelines, specific plans and design review processes for cities throughout California. These projects have successfully dealt with complex issues including housing, transportation, open space, historic downtowns, and streetscape design, in cities including San Francisco, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Monica and Glendale.

Planning + Project Management
Kendall Planning + Design specializes in the preparation of planning documents including zoning ordinances, development prototypes, design guidelines and specific plans for California cities. We have successfully managed numerous high-profile projects, coordinating with a wide range of local and regional planning agencies as well as community and business groups. Our personalized, hands-on approach helps clients to navigate complex processes in order to realize effective small- and large-scale planning projects.