Areas of Practice
PGC has completed Community Development Plans for Medway and Norfolk, provided assistance to the Master Plan Committees in both those towns in completing master plan updates, prepared a sewer expansion impacts study for Bellingham, a growth management strategy for Franklin, and completed a Recreation Master Plan for Medfield.
Its principal participated in development of a statewide transit plan and airport master planning in Louisiana.
PGC has served as consultant to the Medway Industrial Development Commission. We completed a market feasibility study for a business park in Medway in 2001, and a market study for a former hospital site in Norfolk in 2010.
In 1991 and 1992, PGC managed Franklin's Main Street Program.
PGC personnel participated in an industrial revitalization study of a waterfront district in Louisiana and directed Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization for three New Orleans neighborhoods.
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
PGC has applied its analytical skills to a wide diversity of public policy issues. A project for the National Center for the Revitalization of Central Cities involved an evaluation of the economic and quality of life impacts of colleges and universities in selected central and noncentral cities.
PGC also conducted an environmental scan for Dean College in which it analyzed both internal and external trends.
Other policy analyses include the completion of an environmental strategy, an emergency response plan and a hazardous materials incident response plan for the City of New Orleans, drafting supporting state legislation creating a Transportation Center Authority (TCA) to transform New Orleans’ train station into a multimodal transportation center, assessing the pros and cons of establishing additional historic districts.
PGC has prepared successful grant applications for a variety of projects in numerous towns including but not limited to: infrastructure projects funded through MORE Jobs, CDAG, PWED, 43D, CDBG and others; open space and recreation projects funded through Self Help and Urban Self Help; and, planning projects funded through Ready Resource Fund, Smart Growth Technical Assistance, and Priority Development Fund.
PGC completed a Housing Production Plan (HPP) for Medway in 2010 and 2016, assisted a committee in preparing the Norfolk Housing Production Plan in 2006, and completed a Housing Production Plan for Walpole in 2013. It also prepared the housing components of the 2004 Community Development plans for both Medway and Norfolk, and assisted in the preparation of the housing elements in the master plans for both of those towns, as well as Sherborn.
We also prepared a draft 40R overlay district for Medway. It prepared a feasibility and management study for an affordable housing project in Ashland, and participated in a sweat-equity based affordable housing project for Metacomet Land Trust.
PGC managed the Main Street Program for Franklin, MA in 1991 - 1992. One PGC Principal directed the Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization program for several communities in New Orleans. A PGC principal serves on the Board of Directors for the Franklin Downtown Partnership, an organization with a mission of fostering downtown vitality.
Open Space and Recreation
PGC has completed Open Space and Recreation Plans for the Towns of Bellingham, Blackstone and Franklin (a regional plan prepared for Metacomet Land Trust in 1995 and updated 2002), as well as the Towns of Medfield (1994), Walpole (1996), Dover (1997, 2011), Bellingham (2009, 2017), Uxbridge (2004, 2009), Medway (2004, 2010), Natick (2012) and Norfolk (2017).
These studies involve an analysis of demographic data, an environmental inventory, an inventory of existing open space and recreation land and facilities, a statement of goals and objectives, a needs analysis and development of a seven-year action plan.
zoning, permitting & regulation review
As Town Planner in Sherborn and consultant to the Norfolk, Medway, Dover, and Blackstone Planning Boards, PGC has been involved in numerous land use and zoning issues and has participated in many zoning amendments/revisions/additions and Planning Board Rules and Regulations changes. Among our accomplishments are the drafting of a Planned Unit Development bylaw, participation in the adoption of open space subdivision bylaws, drafting of a wireless communications bylaw, and numerous commercial and industrial site plan reviews.
We have regularly reviewed preliminary and definitive subdivision plans, and condominium developments as well as site plans and special permits. Zoning Bylaws and other land use regulations are constantly reviewed to ensure consistency with recent judicial rulings as well as the changing needs of each Town.