Expertise in Planning

The collective skills of in-house architects, engineers, landscape architects and surveyors combine to provide planning services for our clients. Davis Bowen & Friedel provides technical expertise through comprehensive master planning, zoning, land development, landscape architecture, and GIS-based mapping services.


Serving developers and municipalities, DBF maximizes our client’s property usage to best fit the client’s needs and vision; while helping guide projects through the local, state, and federal permitting processes. Our firm has experience in community visioning, consensus building, public participation, development capacity analysis, comprehensive plan preparation, and administering traditional plan implementation tools such as land development codes, capital improvement programs, and transfer of development rights. Subdivisions, planned communities, recreational parks, and annexation plans for future urban growth benefit from these approaches.

Creative land design incorporates sound engineering practices for individual sites. DBF’s professionals are licensed in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia, and provide cost-effective services. Experienced land-use principals assist with clearing regulatory hurdles while creating inviting and dynamic communities.

DBF’s landscape design incorporates elements that preserve and enhance the natural features of any property. Projects range from minor improvements, like parking lots and small commercial sites, to large-scale landscape design of campuses and greenways. Plantings are specified based on the project and owner needs, while hardscapes are incorporated to enhance the built environment.

Our GIS applications provide a mapping compliment to the planning services offered with site inventory, infrastructure and utility mapping, map and site analysis, data layer production, community development and comprehensive plans. Other applications include demographics, emergency services, future annexations, growth designation, hazard vulnerability, zoning maps, and database maintenance. With an extensive collection of existing data, our services are customized to promote maximum client satisfaction.


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