Practices / Municipal Planning

Stewart’s Municipal Planning practice is a response to our clients’ needs for building healthy, equitable, resilient, and connected communities.   Now, more than ever, our towns, cities, and counties are adapting to changing demographics, land use trends, environments, and technologies.

Many firms can write and update land use plans and development codes.  Stewart is different in that we also utilize these documents on a daily basis.  Stewart brings together planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and engineers to provide a data-driven and design-oriented approach that results in better plans and stronger communities. Our planners work with municipalities and counties across North Carolina and South Carolina, focusing on small to mid-sized communities and building on Stewart’s firm-wide focus on interdisciplinary collaboration.

As former public sector planners, we also possess insight into the complexities of governing.  Our experience allows us to manage competing interests, clearly explain complex concepts, and develop realistic implementation strategies.  We consistently strive to build long-lasting relationships with our clients and the communities where we work.


Stewart’s Municipal Planning practice has been named a Preferred Partner by the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM).  The League endorses a very limited number of consultants that meet certain criteria and standards, including superior qualifications and an excellent record of service to municipalities.


Stewart is one of only four firms worldwide endorsed as a Gold Consultant by CommunityViz.

Our practice provides a wide variety of planning services, including:

Long Range Planning

  • Comprehensive and Land Use Plans
  • Small Area Plans
  • Urban Design
  • Downtown and Streetscape Plans
  • CAMA Land Use Plans
  • Illustrative Graphics and Renderings
  • GIS Mapping
  • Scenario Planning / Land Use Suitability Analysis
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Community Engagement and Meeting Facilitation

Current Planning

  • Land Development Ordinance Assessments
  • Unified Development Ordinances
  • Code Writing
  • Development Plan Compliance Review
  • Entitlement, Zoning and Regulatory Approvals
  • On-Call Planning, Zoning and Land Use Consulting Services
  • Grant Writing
  • Project Management

Related Team

Chad Sary, AICP

Vice President | Practice Leader


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