About Our Firm
Sargent Town Planning is an urban planning and design firm, focused on building sustainable pedestrian-oriented and transit-oriented neighborhoods, districts, corridors, towns and cities. Founded by David Sargent 1995 and based in downtown Los Angeles, provide full range of professional services from concept to implementation to our public and private clients throughout the country.
Our practice is mission-driven and client-centered. Our mission is to help our clients – municipalities, property owners, and master developers – find balanced solutions for making and remaking the places where they live, work and play: balancing the vitality of downtowns with outward expansion; balancing the safety and comfort of pedestrians and bicyclists and viability of transit with the convenience of motorists; balancing economic development with environmental performance; and balancing the need for high-quality human habitat with responsible stewardship of the natural and agricultural landscapes we have inherited.
The plans we produce range from citywide general plans and large area plans to specific plans and precise plans for neighborhoods, districts and corridors, including vision-based development codes , entitlement management, and implementation design and support services. We work at all scales from small towns to metropolitan districts, and in all contexts from downtown revitalization, to retrofitting suburban corridors to sustainable, walkable, mixed-use environments, to sustainable new greenfield and brownfield neighborhoods, and transit-oriented centers and 21st century workplace districts. Core elements of our plans typically include vision-based (form-based) land use and development standards and place-based design guidelines, public realm master plans, health and sustainability policy frameworks, Complete Streets strategies and designs, and implementation and financing strategies.
We are collaborators: with our clients, with the communities we serve, and with our multi-disciplinary network of professional colleagues. Our services for each new assignment begin with engagement and research to fully understand the place and its people. Through an iterative process of exploration and design, we gain consensus on the long-term vision for the community and then reverse engineer that vision into customized development standards, design guidelines, public realm standards, and implementation strategies. Expanding the capabilities of our in-house planners and designers we assemble a multi-disciplinary team for each project, typically including transportation planners, environmental planners, civil engineers, landscape architects and urban economists.