Strategic Advising & Implementation

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“Opticos played a key role in guiding the Avalon Walnut Creek design team to solutions that bridged the gap between the intent of the community planning charrette, the formal architectural standards and the realities of construction. The end result is a project that the community and project owners can be very proud of.”

- Jeff White, Avalon
Pleasant Hill Transit Village, Pleasant Hill, California
Central Hercules District, Hercules, California
Nashville Downtown Code, Nashville, Tennessee
Priority Development Area Implementation, Contra Costa County, California
Form-Based Zoning Ordinance, Charleston County, South Carolina

We draw from over 20 years’ experience as award-winning architects and urbanists to help our clients solve their problems and overcome challenges. Have a plan with no interest from developers? Is there a new plan or Form-Based Code and no staff capacity to administer it? Are current plans turning a cold shoulder to walkability? We understand architecture and urban design issues of all scales, and work with our clients to find mutually beneficial outcomes—for both themselves and the community. 

Strategic advising services include:

Public Sector

  • Implementing Smart Growth and New Urbanist visions
  • Education related to Smart Growth and New Urbanism for staff, decision makers, and the general public
  • Peer review of planning and coding projects
  • Site capacity studies for publicly owned lots
  • Project review
  • Land development code review and diagnoses
  • Strategic approach to comprehensive plan and zoning code updates

Private Sector