Sample master Plan/public process Projects


nas jrb willow grove

Horsham, Pennsylvania

Bedford Master Plan Update

RKG Associates recently completed a reuse master plan for a 892-acre site located in Horsham, PA, approximately 2 miles from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. RKG Associates led a national planning and design team through a 14-month redevelopment planning process. The property, a former Naval Air Station, was recently decommissioned by the Department of Defense and the Township wanted to consider the property’s potential to support a new mixed-use development anchored by a town center development. RKG researched a number of reuse opportunities including residential, office and R&D, hotel/conference center, retail, congregate care community and an aviation museum. The planning process also considered the impacts to local affordable housing and homeless service providers. The final plan included a 70-unit development dedicated to providing homeless housing for high risk individuals and families.


unified new orleans plan

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) was organized to create a comprehensive, post-Katrina, Recovery Plan for the city of New Orleans. The Unified New Orleans Plan helped bring all the efforts, including the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, FEMA F-14, individual neighborhood plans, and the City Council’s Neighborhood Planning Initiative (commonly known as the Lambert Plans), into a consistent document required by the LRA.

RKG Associates, Inc. was part of a consulting team headed by EDSA to develop three District plans for the UNOP strategy. RKG provided the economic, market and financial analyses that fed into the development of recovery strategies for each district. These projects were then compiled with all districts’ priorities to establish a citywide priority project investment list. The Unified New Orleans Plan was adopted by the City and LRA in 2007. As a result, 17 commercial focus areas were identified as locations to make initial investments. An estimated $117 million was earmarked for this effort.


Riverfront master plan investment strategy

Memphis, Tennessee

The City of Memphis has been actively involved in planning and redevelopment projects in and around its downtown area for the past two decades. A pro-development atmosphere, combined with considerable public investment, has resulted in attracting private-sector investment, jobs, and a much-improved physical appearance for this long-historied metro area. Despite these many successes, the City has struggled to unite its downtown revitalization efforts with its waterfront area along the Memphis River. As such, it has not been able to fully capitalize on this valuable asset to support downtown planning efforts. The City asked RKG Associates to review all active and proposed planning and development activities within the riverfront study area in order to help establish priorities for investing public funds and focusing City resources. RKG developed an assessment and development strategy with recommendations for prioritizing existing and planned projects, as well as suggestions for expediting and revising existing project activities and components.


bowling green downtown revitalization plan

Bowling Green, Kentucky

As with many other downtowns, Bowling Green's commercial district suffered from a declining tax base, a poor mix of first floor businesses, a lack of building reinvestment, confusing traffic circulation patterns, and an overall lack of identity. Residential neighborhoods surrounding the commercial district also declined and created additional disincentives for individuals to reinvest in the downtown. RKG Associates developed a comprehensive revitalization strategy for the downtown focused on urban revitalization. A city block, historically known as the “Circus Square Lot,” was rediscovered from historical city maps and designated as a new urban green space. This new town green was used as a catalyst for a neighborhood revitalization effort adjacent to the downtown commercial district. Since the Plan’s completion, a $250 million project, including a 4,000-seat minor-league baseball stadium and 790-space parking garage has been proposed around Circus Square and will be funded largely by $25 million in city bonds. In addition, a variety of upscale developments, including a downtown performing arts center, a boutique hotel, urban residential, and a new Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce building are being constructed on a 106-acre site stretching from the heart of downtown to Western Kentucky University’s campus.


shaping our shores - a vision for the james river

James City County, Virginia

RKG Associates was part of a consulting team, headed by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., retained by James City County to prepare a vision plan for three centerpiece, waterfront properties the County had acquired; the Jamestown Yacht Basin, the Jamestown Beach Campground and the Chickahominy Riverfront Park. This strategy was intended to provide a master plan to the County administration that reflected the goals and priorities of the community, the physical and environmental limitations of each site and the market potential to implement a strategy that minimized the financial impact to the County. RKG Associates performed detailed pro forma and financial impact analysis of the Yacht Basin property. Utilizing updated input information from the initial market analysis, RKG tested the financial and fiscal impacts of five development scenarios and two potential ownership alternatives for the Yacht Basin. The financial impact analysis results indicated that the most cost effective alternative was to make minimal changes to the marina, upgrading aging facilities to ensure safety.



bedford master plan

Bedford, New Hampshire

Working with a large engineering and planning firm, RKG is completing the economic development chapter of the Town’s master plan. This is RKG Associates' third contribution to the Town's master planning document, having participated in the creation of the 1990 and 2000 editions as well. RKG’s current findings show that Bedford’s economic strategy will need to have both a short-term and long-term focus. The short-term focus will concentrate on existing business retention and economic stability, while long-term considerations will include insuring that properly zoned land, infrastructure, and workforce supplies are adequate to support sustained development in the future.


new gloucester master plan

New Gloucester, Maine

Skyhaven Airport

The Town of New Gloucester, Maine, has experienced unprecedented economic growth and residential development over the past decade. The Town’s population has doubled since 1970 and it has evolved from a sleepy rural community to a bustling bedroom community serving the Portland and Lewiston-Auburn. In recent years, the redevelopment of the Pineland campus, a former mental health facility operated by the State of Maine, has added hundreds of jobs to the Town and will add more in the coming years. The Town needed a strategy to identify economic development opportunities, understand the demand of these opportunities on its infrastructure, and ensure that future growth takes place in a sustainable manner. RKG Associates, Inc. prepared an action-oriented economic development strategy that incorporated an extensive inventory and analysis of socioeconomic data, market conditions, infrastructure, environmental and regulatory issues. An extensive public visioning and participation process was completed, as well as surveys of local businesses relative to identifying key issues for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs in the community. Since the completion of the study, the Town has hired a new full-time planner and is actively moving to implement the recommendations within the strategy.

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