Santa Ana, CA, United States


PlaceWorks. Creating great places. When The Planning Center and DC&E merged companies and cultures in 2011, we found ourselves with an expanded set of disciplines and strengths. But what we didn’t have was a unifying name. We had clearly become a new entity. It was time to outwardly express this internal transformation. Introducing PlaceWorks. As the name suggests, we’re all about places and how they work—geographically, environmentally, functionally, aesthetically, and culturally—but we’re also passionate about how we work collaboratively with our clients. Ours is a holistic approach. We celebrate personal passion and ownership while encouraging integrity, creativity, and innovative thinking. We bring people together from diverse practice areas, offering best-of-all-worlds capability and connectivity. Just as each place we work on is distinctly different, so is our thinking. We start with a vision to design a great community—with a thoughtful approach to creating healthier and more sustainable environments, neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools. We emphasize processes, relationships and communications, while synthesizing dimensions, details and constraints into actionable plans, using environmental scans, community design and other diagnostic and planning tools. We have offices across California, including the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and San Diego.



PlaceWorks transforms complex information into focused geographic insights and intuitive maps and figures. We harness the power of GIS for all kinds of efforts—from analytical to public participation. Our extensive library holds up-to-date geospatial data for existing conditions assessments, publication-quality maps, and diverse analyses. We also provide a range of stand-alone GIS services—such as infill and build-out analysis; site suitability, natural resource, and conservation mapping; decision-support systems; and land-use modeling. Planning Comprehensive Planning, General Plans, Zoning Codes, Housing Elements, Consolidated Plans, Specific Plans, Community Engagement, Climate Action Plans, Healthy Communities, Hazards Mitigation Plans, Active Transportation Plans, Economic, Development Strategies, Development Feasibility, Market Analysis Design Urban Design, Master Plans, Design Guidelines, Site Planning, Vision Plans, Visualizations, Transit Oriented Development, Corridor Planning, Park Planning, Streetscape Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Forest Master Plans, Site Suitability, Downtown Revitalization, Open Space and Resource Planning, Graphic Design, Community Profiles, Sign Programs, Project Branding, Project Websites, Info Graphics, Interactive Documents Environment CEQA/NEPA Compliance, Environmental Impact Reports,Air Quality & GHG Analysis, Health Risk Assessments, Noise & Vibration Studies, School Planning, Site Assessment & Remediation

Services Provided:

Application Development, Business Case Development, Data Conversion/Migration, Data Model & Database Design, GIS Strategy and Planning, Implementation, Needs and Requirements, System Architecture and Design, System Integration, Training Services