Herd Planning & Design
Botetourt County, VA - TND Zoning and Subdivision Regulations 2007-08

Milton Herd prepared revisions to the County's Traditional Neighborhood Development District (TND), including amendments to the subdivision ordinance, to ensure compliance with the new comprehensive plan. He worked with a study committee of appointed and elected leaders to prepare the revisions, which enjoyed the full support of the study committee and moved forward to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for adoption in early 2008. The Daleville Town Center was the first project approved under this zoning district.

Collaborative Community Planning since 1991
Rockingham County, VA - Mixed-Use Zoning District 2011

As part of a team led by Renaissance Planning Group, Milton Herd led the effort to prepare a Mixed-Use Zoning District for the County as part of a grant to meet the state's requirements for Urban Development Areas.
Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
Herd Planning & Design has prepared dozens of ordinances and ordinance amendments for localities of all sizes.

Town of Washington, VA - Update of Comprehensive Plan and Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances 2006-07

Herd Planning & Design and Vladimir Gavrilovic, AICP, conducted a community planning process to update the Comprehensive Plan and amend the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. The project included public facilitation, ordinance analysis, build-out analysis, evaluation of land forms, and preparation of design recommendations for alternative development strategies.

Gloucester County and the Main Street Preservation Trust, VA (2012-13)

​Herd Planning & Design
, with Renaissance Planning Group and Reed Muehlman, facilitated a  visioning process and prepared a land use plan for the historic Court House Village of Gloucester County. The project  focused on fostering economic development while preserving the historic character of the village and surrounding area. 
Town of Middletown - Vision and Master Plan (2005)

A Master Plan for a proposed Boundary Line Adjustment to the Town of Middletown in Frederick County, Virginia. Herd Planning & Design
, in conjunction with Vladimir Gavrilovic, AICP, worked with a Town  Steering Committee through a series of public work sessions to develop consensus support for a vision and a detailed concept plan for accommodating anticipated growth over a 30 year time frame, while protecting the small town charm and sense of place.The planning process included community visioning sessions and detailed plan scenarios including both Town and County residents and officials.
Accomack County - Comprehensive Plan (2006-07)

Milton Herd led a multi-discipline team to update the Comprehensive Plan, and revise the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. Tasks included a build-out analysis of agriculturally zoned areas to test alternative zoning capacities, and a "McHarg"analysis to show areas suitable for land development. Herd designed and facilitated public workshops and work sessions with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. 
Team members included Draper Aden Associates for GIS data base analysis, and Rennaissance Planning Group for urban design analysis.

Comprehensive Plans and Master Plans
Herd Planning & Design has prepared more than 30 Comprehensive Plans and Master Plans for localities of all sizes.
Herd Planning & Design has completed more than 100 projects for more than 75 local governments in Virginia. Below are a few examples.
Visioning and Consensus-Building
Herd Planning & Design has conducted dozens of consensus-building processes for localities of all sizes.
Town of La Plata, MD - Vision Plan and Downtown Urban Design Plan 1999-01

Milton Herd led a multi-firm planning team in preparing a 50-Year Vision Plan for the Greater La Plata Area. The process achieved broad consensus among a variety of competing interests in the Town, and among the leaders of the Town, County and State of Maryland, for the future transportation, land use, economic and environmental elements of the community.

Mr. Herd designed and facilitated a series of public visioning workshops which involved a citizen "vision team" of 70 members, and an executive steering committee of local and state officials. Herd prepared the final Vision Plan document which included a 50-year vision for land use and transportation as well as specific recommendations for amendments to the Town's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to implement the Vision.

Then-Governor Paris Glendening recognized the Vision Process as an important example of how to conduct community-based planning efforts, and the Vision Plan received a Planning Award from the Maryland Chapter of APA in 2000.

Team members included Kellerco, Ron Thomas, Charles Lamb, FAIA, and Thomas Point Associates.

Subsequently, the Town retained the planning team to carry out an urban design plan for the downtown area which was completed in 2001. These plans are now being used by the Town to guide its redevelopment after the devastating tornado of 2002.

Governance for the 21st Century - Study of the Structure of the Local Governments

For Augusta County, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia (1998-99)

Milton Herd and Mike Chandler designed and led the facilitation of a complex, collaborative, region-wide study of local government service delivery, including a substantial, 24-month public participation process. 

The purpose of the project was to determine how the three localities could restructure their governments to provide public services in a cost-effective and equitable manner. In addition to the technical analysis, Mr. Herd and Mike Chandler facilitated a series of work session with a 30-member Patron Council of local leaders, and a series of open forums with citizens at large from the three localities.  

Received Meritorious Achievement Award from the Virginia Chapter of APA, 2000.
Round Hill Design Charrette (2000-01)

County of Loudoun and Town of Round Hill, Virginia

This project was an intensive consensus-building effort to redesign a large residential development project that had been singled out by the Sierra Club as the worst example of sprawl development in the state.

Milton Herd designed and facilitated the process for Loudoun County, the Town of Round Hill, and Lerner Enterprises, to develop a compromise plan for over 800 residential units that addressed the environmental and design problems of the existing plan.

Vlad Gavrilovic and Mike DeRosier created alternative urban design solutions. The charrette resulted in a plan with improved design and environmental features and a pioneering agreement among the County, the town of Round Hill and the developer.

Received Planning Award from the Virginia Association of Counties, 2003.

Envision Front Royal - Town of Front Royal, Virginia, 2013.

Milton Herd assisted Renaissance Planning Group
in conducting a visioning process to provide the foundation for the Town's update of its Comprehensive Plan. Herd facilitated two public workshops and assisted with public involvement through press releases, flyers, and social media/interactive website.