Now Hiring – Associate Planner(s)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020 in Headlines, Uncategorized


Associate Planner (Multiple Offerings)


Provide both technical and innovative solutions, to develop comprehensive plans and programs for the use of land and physical facilities. Performing research, drafting text, summarizing process and project components. Designing and promoting plans affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing or transportation. Performing analysis, developing planning recommendations and concepts. Developing maps and graphics. Assessing the feasibility of land use proposals and identifying necessary changes. Identifying opportunities or development plans for sustainability projects or programs to improve energy efficiency, minimize pollution or waste, or restore population density. Reviewing and evaluating environmental impact reports pertaining to private or public planning projects or programs; and developing plans for public or alternative transportation systems for urban or regional locations to reduce carbon output associates with transportation.


Chicago, IL

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor* – Urban Planning/Design; will accept equivalent foreign degree.
Experience: Two* (2) years in the position above, as an Urban Planner/Designer, or in a related urban planning/design role.

Education and/or experience must include:

  1. Defining and successfully completing complex GIS projects, including applying ArcGIS Desktop concepts to establish workflows, processes, and perform troubleshooting.
  2. Preparing site plans, including translating sketches and sketch concepts into 2D site plans, preparing base maps for use in CAD software, and performing site layouts and details, including siting existing and proposed buildings and programming elements and details, such as parking lots, driveways, maintenance drives, service shelters, detention ponds, and landscaping.
  3. Preparing 3D urban plans working with CityEngine, ArcGIS Pro, SketchUp, or AutoCAD.
  4. Gaming or rendering engines, including building virtual reality environments to visualize urban design concepts and design scenarios developed in ArcGIS Pro, SketchUp, or AutoCAD.
  5. Website design and development, including the use of ArcGIS Online to share web maps, GIS data, to assist municipalities in creating ArcGIS Hub websites and Esri Storymaps.
    *Will accept Master’s degree in Urban Planning/Design in lieu of experience; will also accept any fully equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience.

Employer Contact

Devin Lavigne
Houseal Lavigne Associates, LLC
188 W. Randolph St., Ste. 200
Chicago, IL 60601

Devin Lavigne named to Esri’s Partner Advisory Council

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Headlines

Houseal Lavigne is pleased to announce the nomination and acceptance of Devin Lavigne to Esri’s Partner Advisory Council (PAC). Devin will serve as a representative for a 3-year term.

The PAC, established in 2010, serves as a Board of Directors for Partnering at Esri. This is an esteemed community offered to a select number of partner thought leaders that meet rigorous criteria for nomination including senior leadership in their organization, current engagement in the partner ecosystem, a clear business strategy, and technology alignment with Esri. PAC members are committed to being advocates for the community and providing feedback and input on the strategic direction of the partner program in order to optimize how partners do business with Esri.

“Our PAC members are carefully selected to serve a very important role in our partner community,” said Robert Laudati, Director, Global Partners and Alliances. “As the voice of the Esri Partner Network, they provide valuable input and act as a sounding board on the development of our programs and have the responsibility to be representatives of Esri’s rapidly growing partner ecosystem.  I’m pleased to welcome Devin to this position.”

“Its an honor to be recognized for the work we are doing with Esri software and the impact we are having on communities throughout the United States,” said Devin Lavigne, Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne.

For more information about Houseal Lavigne. Learn more about the Esri Partner Network.

About Esri Partner Network

The Esri Partner Network is a rich ecosystem of organizations that work together to amplify The Science of Where. Esri has more than 2,600 partners globally, which deliver solutions, content, and services. Combining industry-specific knowledge with ArcGIS software expertise, partners can customize and extend the reach of geospatial technology in limitless applications and organizations.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small), and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the US, as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the US Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at

About Houseal Lavigne

Houseal Lavigne is an urban planning and design firm focused on evidence-based decision-making and powering the art of planning with science of technology. We pride ourselves on thinking critically, creativity, collaboration, and excellence. Our team approach is built on strong relationships, the exchange of ideas, and a commitment to innovation. Our priorities are to do good, have fun, work hard, and provide responsive, visionary, and viable solutions to our clients and partners.

Devin Lavigne Named to Prestigious Planning College of Fellows

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Headlines

Devin Lavigne of Houseal Lavigne Associates has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for his outstanding achievements in urban planning. Devin joins Houseal Lavigne co-founder John Houseal, who was named to the College of Fellows in April 2018.

Fellowship is granted to planners who have achieved certification through the American Planning Association’s professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Invitations to join the College of Fellows come after a thorough nomination and review process, ensuring the candidate has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the planning profession.

“Individuals who make up the College of Fellows are the true leaders of the planning profession,” said past AICP President Valerie Hubbard, FAICP. “These individuals have made lasting contributions to the profession and have inspired generations of new planners. They are truly awe-inspiring.”

Devin has brought exceptional and sustained leadership to the field through the development and implementation of numerous award-winning plans that have had a lasting impact and have created readily definable changes in the communities he has served. He has broken new ground with the development of innovative mapping, visualization, and land use planning tools and solutions, which are geared towards enabling meaningful public engagement and consensus-building and are readily transferable to other communities. He has inspired and educated a whole new generation of planners through his continuous mentorship, teaching, and training activities. He has fostered a legacy for the profession, the community, and society through his record of preparing award-winning plans for communities across the country; through his innovations in mapping, visualization, and community engagement; through his mentorship and support of emerging planners; and through his exceptional qualities as a teacher and trainer. His commitment to excellence and infectious passion for planning are an inspiration to planners and non-planners alike. Finally, Devin has achieved exceptional accomplishments over an extended period of time, with his many accomplishments dating back over a career of more than 20 years.

Devin is one of 53 inductees into this year’s College of Fellows. Inductions are done biennially. This year’s formal induction will take place during APA’s National Planning Conference in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. The American Institute of Certified Planners provides recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. For more information, visit

City of Oshkosh and Houseal Lavigne win Special Achievement in GIS Award

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Headlines
  This summer at Esri’s User Conference in San Diego, California, the City of Oshkosh and Houseal Lavigne Associates were recognized for their work with a Special Achievement in GIS Award.

The Story

In 2017, Oshkosh’s largest employer, Oshkosh Corporation, began engaging communities across the nation in search for a new global headquarters. Oshkosh Corp’s recent success with a multi-billion dollar contract for manufacturing the military’s Humvee replacement was motivating them to build a state-of-the-art global headquarters to attract the workforce they needed. As one of the smallest cities with a Fortune 500 Company, City officials knew it would be difficult to retain them. Earlier that same year Oshkosh Corporation rejected a concept for a new downtown waterfront campus. Once Oshkosh Corp rejected the Downtown site, they published a list of their desired site criteria, including: more than 30 acres, interstate access, financially feasible, a “WOW!” World Class location, shovel ready, and able to attract a workforce.

The Analysis

Seeking to retain Oshkosh Corp and their jobs, City staff performed a site availability assessment in Esri’s ArcGIS and found 18 sites in the community that met some of Oshkosh Corp’s criteria. In performing the analysis they discovered the City’s Lakeshore Golf Course met all Oshkosh Corp’s site criteria. Before the City could offer a portion of its waterfront golf course, staff had to convince the public and City Council that selling part of the golf course was the right decision for the community. The City hired Houseal Lavigne Associates to develop a program and visualize what the campus could look like and help with a community dialogue to win public support for the project, and ultimately convince Oshkosh Corporation to stay in the community.

The Plan & Visualization

With only a month to submit a proposal, Houseal Lavigne Associates was asked to develop a plan, program, and renderings. The plan had to incorporate dramatic views of their main building, public recreational amenities, a riverwalk and trails, access to Interstate 41, and opportunities for expansion. Utilizing Esri’s CityEngine, they produced illustrations and a webscene that were critical in helping the public visualize the potential for the concept and ultimately win support to sell part of the golf course for the new global HQ. In November Oshkosh Corp’s Board of Directors accepted the City’s proposal to purchase the golf course and construct their new HQ in Oshkosh.

The Tools


Once Oshkosh Corp rejected the Downtown site, they published a list of their desired site criteria, including: more than 30 acres, interstate access, financially feasible, a “WOW!” World Class location, shovel ready, and able to attract a workforce. Desktop GIS was used by City staff to find sites within the City fitting their search criteria. Based on the queries performed in ArcMap, only the Lakeshore Golf Course met the requirements of Oshkosh Corporation.


Visualizing the proposed development concept in 3D was critical to winning community support. Esri’s CityEngine was used to help visualize the new Corporate Headquarters, along with the future public parkland surrounding the campus, a new Riverwalk, new piers and boat slips, and new commercial development along the frontage road. CityEngine was also used to generate site data, including square footage of the future uses, parking requirements and supply, and linear feet of new roads and sidewalks.


The new HQ is currently under construction, with occupancy targeted for October 2019. A website for the project has been created ( where visitors can track its progress, take a virtual tour, and even view webcam images of the construction.

Envision Oak Park Wins APA Illinois Planning Award

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Headlines | No Comments

Each year, the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association recognizes the best in planning across Illinois with its annual awards program. This year we are proud to announce that our Envision Oak Park Comprehensive Plan has earned a 2017 APA IL Award for Community Outreach.

The Envision Oak Park public outreach process was comprehensive and thorough in its scope. From the outset, the goal of the Village government, the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, and our planning team was to engage citizens in order to draft a vision and series of recommendations that are specifically reflective of local goals and objectives. We are honored to receive such a prestigious award and are dedicated to continuing our forward thinking approach as we look to the future of planning.

We are always striving to understand the needs of communities we work with and utilize creative and innovative ways to capture data from community stakeholders. In addition to many face-to-face meetings and traditional workshops, our community engagement in Oak Park included the utilization of our revolutionary web-based community outreach platform Houseal Lavigne Associates created (formerly sMap) to easily and effectively connect with all members of the community.

More details about the Envision Oak Park can be found here.


Oshkosh Reimagines Lakefront and Wins Back Basketball in the Process

Oshkosh Reimagines Lakefront and Wins Back Basketball in the Process

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Headlines, HLA Blog | No Comments

We are thrilled to be featured on ESRI’s Blog and glad they picked up our work in Oshkosh on the Imagine Oshkosh Center City Master Plan. Matt Ball’s article effectively captures how Houseal Lavigne used CityEngine’s procedural modeling and 3D visualization to spur the imagination and trigger successful economic development.

“Sometimes a compelling 3D visualization of what your city can become spurs an immediate redevelopment opportunity. That was certainly the case in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where creative planning efforts and a resurgent local economy are bringing buzz back to what has been a sleepy downtown.”

Read the full article here:

Explore and interact with the 3D model here:

We had a Great Time in Phoenix!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Headlines | No Comments

Houseal Lavigne Associates had a great time at the 2016 APA National Conference in Phoenix this year! Seeing old friends and meeting many new people was a highlight of the event, especially mingling outside in the great weather at the Civic Space Park.

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Welcome Reception at Civic Space Park including food trucks, live music, beautiful weather, and more food trucks.

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as well, and we hope you enjoyed some of our presentations throughout the event. Over four days we discussed all kinds of current topics related to planning, including urban agriculture, Geodesign, and community-authored plans. If you were unable to attend our session, meet us in person, or come to the exhibit hall to check out our sMap App in action, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego at the ESRI User Conference at the end of June as we unveil new ways that our partnership with ESRI is changing how professionals and communities are using local plans. We will also be at the Illinois APA Conference in Chicago in September, and the 2017 APA National Conference in New York next year!

Houseal Lavigne Associates in Phoenix

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Headlines | No Comments

It’s time for the 2016 APA National Conference, and another opportunity for Houseal Lavigne Associates to share our experiences and knowledge with planning professionals from around the world! We’re excited to be heading to Phoenix for the 2016 APA National Conference on April 2-5. We look forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new faces at the Houseal Lavigne booth in the exhibit hall. Also, please visit our sMap booth and learn more about our new partnership with ESRI! You can use sMap to learn more about what to do in Phoenix by clicking here. sMap is being used across the globe by communities, agencies, and consultants for a variety of planning and outreach initiatives. All of the information on sMap will be available at the booth.

During the 2016 conference, members of the Houseal Lavigne Associates Team will be involved in various sessions and events. We hope you have the opportunity to hear some of the unique experiences and insights we have gained over this past year as we have worked throughout the country. Houseal Lavigne Associates staff will be involved in the following sessions and workshops:



Achieving the Community-Authored Plan

John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Monday, April 4, 7:30am-8:45am
The community-authored plan is an ideal toward which many communities strive. But how do you balance such public involvement with the technical and statutory requirements of local planning? This session introduces key considerations and strategies to maximize citizen resources.

City Manager versus City Planner Skillsets Discussion

Drew Awsumb | Monday, April 4, 7:30am-8:45am
Planners and city managers cross paths all the time. Some of them even find themselves doing a little bit of both. MPA vs. MUP. ICMA and APA. We will tackle what skills from both professions help do what’s effective.

How to Start a Planning Firm

Dan Gardner, John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Monday, April 4, 10:30am-11:45am
Considering a career as a planning consultant? In 2014, Houseal Lavigne Associates received APA’s Planning Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning and Design Firm. Learn what worked and what didn’t in launching a firm during challenging economic times in the late 2000’s.

Envisioning and Engaging With Geodesign

Devin Lavigne | Monday April 4, 2:45pm-4:00pm
Discover how geodesign, a new design approach, is allowing planning and design professionals to anticipate future trends and propose planning solutions. Learn how it also is helping communities and decision makers make the wisest, most well-informed choices possible.

Regulating Urban Agriculture as a Controversial Land Use Discussion

John Houseal | Tuesday April 5, 7:45am-9:15am
Many believe urban agriculture can yield wide-ranging environmental, health, and economic benefits. However, some are wondering whether urban agriculture can realize these lofty goals. This session will discuss the tools available to promote, or regulate, sometimes controversial agricultural activities in an urban environment.

Using Financial Performance Indicators in Planning

Drew Awsumb | Tuesday April 5, 9:30am-10:45am
Can municipal finance metrics inform urban planning? Financial planning, budgeting, land use planning, and economic development programming are all closely interrelated. Learn how to calculate your own financial indicators and use them to inform local government planning efforts.


Fast & Funny Planning Presentations

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Dan Gardner and Cecilia Hernandez | Saturday, April 2, 4:00pm-5:15pm
In this session of 7-minute fast and funny presentations, Dan will be presenting a humorous and personal perspective of balancing years of experience with a continually evolving work place. Cecilia will touch on how little people can do big things in their cities.

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Devin Lavigne | Sunday, April 3, 4:00pm-5:15pm
In this session of 7-minute fast and funny presentations, Devin will critically evaluate a severely-flawed cityscape play mat from IKEA.

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Nikolas Davis | Monday April 4, 4:15pm-5:30pm
In this session of 7-minute fast and funny presentations, Nik will be providing a planner’s perspective on some common misconceptions we hear when first kicking off a project that either divert attention away from the real planning issues, or are just plain wrong.



AICP Exam Prep Workshop

John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Saturday, April 2, 9:00am-Noon
Prepare for the AICP exam with this three-hour workshop. It starts with a 30-minute tutorial on the application process, followed by an overview of the six sections of the exam. Fifteen minutes at the end of the workshop are set aside for Q & A.

Imagine Flint Master Plan honored with prestigious awards

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Headlines | No Comments

Imagine Flint – A Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint has received 2 prestigious planning awards: the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan by the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association; and, the Macinac Prize by the Michigan Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism. Comments from Juror Leslie Creane, AICP are below. Additional information about Imagine Flint, including additional images can be found on our portfolio page.

Juror Comments

The Master Plan for Flint is a vision – in more ways than one. The document is a graphic work of art that gives enough “air” around each subtopic to keep the reader engaged. Each chapter keeps the same 7 items up front: Imagine, Social Equity + Sustainability, Quality of Life, Youth, Reshaping the Economy, Adapting to Change, and Civic Life. The use of colored circles to code each Objective, showing which principles have been considered is brilliant. It is the equivalent to a restaurant rating and, at first blush, gives the reader an idea of which Objective serves the widest need.

Much of the focus of the Flint Master Plan is on shrinking the geography of infrastructure investment. The concentration of city amenities and services is a crucial first step. Although regulating plans are not a part of this document, the Flint Plan does and exceptional job of laying out the principles that create great places. There is discussion of the residential, commercial and public realm aspects of neighborhoods. The traffic calming section shows an understanding of the street/sidewalk areas as a dedicated public realm. The section on ‘commercial corridors’ as linear connections is followed by the section on the ‘downtown’, which is clearly shown as a neighborhood. The character descriptions of each type of area are clear and articulate New Urbanist principles without the jargon.

The innovative use of a “Land Use Wheel” takes the linear New Urbanist transect and creates a circular continuum. There are nuances to this wheel that deserve further study. Each chapter has an aesthetically pleasing matrix that lists strategies, time frames for achievement, public cost estimate, lead agency and “progress indicators”. This is the most innovative and well executed Master Plan I have seen. The level of public input, the consistency of message, the graphics, the commitment to each aspect covered is truly inspiring. The team(s) that created this Plan should be incredibly proud. They have created a cutting edge document that others are sure to emulate.

Leslie Creane, AICP
Juror, New England CNU
Planning Director, Hamden CT
Creane + Company, LLC