Community Visioning

Alameda Point Community Forum

Downtown Specific Plan: Riverbank, CA

Downtown Revitalization Plan: Colusa

East Palo Alto Revitalization Plan


Dynamic Planning Process

The City Design Collective’s innovative approach to public participation creates an enjoyable, educational, and highly participatory planning process.  Our planning process is customized for each project type, and ensures that community members, stakeholders, and key decision makers enjoy a hands-on approach in our charrettes, workshops, and meetings.

All of the CDC’s project work stems from our deep appreciation for establishing a positive and open dialog with our client communities. We have a successful track record of bringing together various interest groups, stakeholders, community members, and key decision makers to make sure that visions, goals, and subsequent designs, policies, and regulations have the full support and commitment of the community necessary to ensure a smooth implementation.

Two-Day Dialogue

Two full days of focused meetings with the CDC team, city staff, community members, stakeholders, and key decision makers.  The ‘dialogue’ is a very effective way to get our team ‘up to speed’ on local issues, and to create a vision for change based on community input.


A highly-participatory and educational working process including a variety of consultant presentations, round-table working sessions, feedback loops and individual and group presentations.   CDC Charrettes are customized to meet the unique needs of the project type and community setting, and are effective means to develop new ideas and create a long term vision, design solutions, and implementation strategies.

Open studios & Gallery

CDC staff members create a temporary design studio on-site for a few days to allow community members to participate in the development of strategies and design concepts.  Ideas are  presented in a subsequent evening ‘gallery’.

Public Workshops

CDC workshops are opportunities to check-in with the community and to advance new ideas.  We review findings, present and discuss alternative approaches, and record the community’s input.