Planning and Community Development

Services to public sector clients

Connect, Design, Thrive

With 50+ years serving public agencies, Willdan has the expertise to guide you in your planning and community development project. Our knowledgeable, experienced, and responsive planning staff are dedicated to client satisfaction.  Willdan’s community planners have prepared general land-use and special-purpose plans in high-density city and rural settings—including sensitive area plans for recreation and open space, watershed and habitat protection, hazardous areas, and historic districts.

Our contract staff support provides urban and environmental planning experts for CEQA/NEPA document preparation and training, technical studies/resource assessments, mitigation monitoring, agency coordination, third-party review, legal challenge assistance, and in-house environmental staffing.

Highlighted Projects

City of Artesia, CA

Artesia LIVE Specific Plan, City of Artesia

Willdan developed the Artesia LIVE Specific Plan, which embodies the City’s vision for a new mixed‐use concept that will serve as a model for future development. Our team engaged members of the community to inform the development of new standards and guidelines for enhancing the City's unique historic and cultural characteristics.

  • 111 hotel rooms (seven-story hotel)
  • 56 condominiums
  • 11,000 sq.ft. street-level retail/restaurant space
  • Subterranean parking garage (183 parking spaces)

City of Chino Hills, CA

Santa Barbara Mixed-Use Development

Willdan prepared a traffic impact analysis, initial study checklist, and mitigated negative declaration (IS/MND) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Approvals were secured for a number of entitlements including site review, a tentative tract map, and minor variances. After three days of public hearings by the Chino Hills Planning Commission, the project was approved. Willdan's planners and traffic engineers were congratulated by the City for the crucial role they played in the entitlement process.

  • 24-acre mixed-use project
  • 324 apartments (in 21 three-story buildings)
  • 14,500 sq.ft. of commercial/retail use
  • Recreational/leasing building