About Our Firm
Sargent Town Planning is an urban planning and design firm, focused on building human-scale, pedestrian-oriented and transit-oriented neighborhoods, districts, corridors, towns and cities. Founded by David Sargent 1995 and based in downtown Los Angeles, we provide a 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 imperatives for 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 growing 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. They include vision plans, development strategies, form-based development codes and design guidelines, public realm designs and standards, and implementation and financing strategies. We work at all scales from small towns to metropolitan districts, and in all contexts from downtown revitalization to retrofitting suburban corridors as sustainable, walkable, mixed-use environments, from sustainable new greenfield neighborhoods to brownfield neighborhoods, transit-oriented mixed-use centers and 21st century workplace districts.
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.