Community Planning for the Future of North Carolina

Safe. Resilient. Inclusive.

Local governments and transportation agencies play an important role in the planning and future development of communities to address accessibility, mobility, and connectivity. Remaining future-focused prioritizes the needs and preferences of the community while considering the imminent impacts of population growth, technology, and climate change.

VHB’s team of experienced engineers and planners have a history of shaping transportation systems and community plans across North Carolina while working alongside agencies such as the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) and local governments. Our planners play an integral role in community development as cities, towns, and counties design and strategize for their future. VHB partners with communities on long-range planning that supports safe and resilient transportation systems for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.



Our best practices and experience with emerging issues in long-range planning and project development include:

Planning for Resiliency

Electric Vehicle stations, bus rapid transit, commuter rail planning, and sustainability planning are strategies VHB can help implement to reduce fossil fuel consumption, address climate change, and create options to encourage multimodal public transportation use.

Planning with and for Underserved Communities

Accessibility to equity data and analyses, conducting safety studies, and new, inclusive methods for public involvement allow agencies to make data-informed decisions that increase safety recommendations and prioritize community needs.

Planning and Implementing Complete Streets

Complete streets enable safe and comfortable travel for all users. Our experience providing pavement marking plans for bicyclists and pedestrians and corridor studies support multiple forms of transportation working together.

Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL)

Planning for the future includes weaving in resiliency and sustainability. VHB has conducted NEPA studies, provided process and scoping, and conducted noise analyses to contribute to a better built environment.

Whether thinking broadly about a 10-, 20-, or 30-year vision, or focusing specifically on improving safety along a corridor, VHB is here to help establish viable goals and prioritize recommendations! We collaboratively apply technical skills anchored in a holistic problem-solving philosophy to deliver lasting results that help communities thrive for generations to come.

Connect with Our North Carolina Planning Leadership Team


Candice Andre

Sustainability & Multimodal


Lyuba Zuyeva

Long-range & Multimodal


Lauren Triebert

Feasibility Studies & Project Development


Lauren Blackburn

Applied Safety