‘Right-sizing’ your Market Study

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Blog Article | No Comments

In the current economic climate, both the private and public sector are facing difficult challenges of meeting service demands on increasingly limited resources. It is essential for municipalities and private developers to fully understand the relationships between economic conditions and existing and future development potential. Ultimately, a market study should illuminate these relationships and be used as a tool to ensure that resources are utilized efficiently over the short- and long-term.

Design Guidelines Cliffnotes

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Blog Article | No Comments

The March 2011 issue of Zoning Practice (American Planning Association) was authored by HLA Senior Associate Doug Hammel, and describes some key considerations in drafting effective design guidelines or form-based regulations.

Gas Stations: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Blog Article | No Comments

Gas stations are everywhere. They are as critical a component of infrastructure as schools, parks, and sewer treatment facilities, and their design – signage, lighting, site access, etc. – has a profound impact on the character of our most visbile corridors.

Houseal and Lavigne Speak on Delivering Better Plans

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Headlines | No Comments

Join John Houseal and Devin Lavigne as they speak on an upcoming panel, Delivering Better Plans and Recommendations in Text, Graphics and Speech. This presentation is sponsored by the Chicago Metro Section of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Houseal Lavigne Associates in Boston

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Headlines | No Comments

Stop by our booth (#204) April 9th-April 11th during the APA National Conference in Boston. Leave your business card and be entered to win an Apple iPad2!

Grants for Trails

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Blog Article | No Comments

My Trail Master Planning presentation at the IAPD IPRA 2011 Conference presented a list of grants for trail construction. This post presents that list for those who were not able to write them down.

HLA Hosts Open House in New Chicago Office

Posted by on Nov 7, 2010 in Headlines | No Comments

HLA has officially settled into their new office space in downtown Chicago and invites you to attend an open house on Thursday, November 18th from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Meet new colleagues and reconnect with familiar ones. In addition to food, drinks and conversation, you can try your hand at bubble hockey and watch the Bears take on the Miami Dolphins.

John Houseal Speaks About Ethics

Posted by on Nov 5, 2010 in Headlines | No Comments

John Houseal presented, “Ethics in an Economic Downturn” to a national audience as part of a cooperative webinar effort by participating APA Chapters, Divisions and Universities. In an attempt to broaden the discussion of the AICP Code of Ethics, John used real-life examples of ethical gray areas which planners may face due to the current economic situation.

Fun at the APA-IL State Conference

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Headlines | No Comments

Congratulations to the “Quizletes”, the winners of the inaugural Illinois State Chapter conference pub quiz! After a wonderful autumn evening of networking, eating and drinking, the reception hosted by Houseal Lavigne Associates incorporated a team trivia competition. Over fifty eager planners participated on one of seven teams.

Join Us in Normal

Posted by on Aug 27, 2010 in Headlines | No Comments

Houseal Lavigne Associates is the top sponsor again this year for the APA Illinois Chapter’s annual conference in Normal, Illinois. Join us for a cocktail reception on Thursday evening at Medici’s in Uptown Normal.