Baird + Driskell is recognized as an expert in the fields of housing policy, public participation, long-range strategic planning, community design, land use, affordable housing, environmental review and project management. We combine a strong technical background in these areas with a unique strength in participatory processes and public information. Our extensive experience working with diverse communities ensures that planning supports the development of responsive and responsible solutions to complex challenges.
Baird + Driskell is proud of our over 50 years of collective experience in providing quality, innovative and thoughtful planning solutions. We apply our extensive experience working with diverse communities to every project, bringing a fresh perspective to the difficult issues facing local governments. By collaborating closely with staff and community members we can ensure that efforts support community-building as well as the development of responsive and responsible solutions to complex challenges.
Our work has built stronger, more attractive and more vibrant communities through effective collaboration processes.
We specialize in helping state and local government, as well as community entities, with a variety of planning projects. We pride ourselves on being nimble and flexible, and able to easily adapt to our clients' needs. Our decades of experience allow us to develop creative and collaborative solutions to challenging problems.
Housing Studies and Housing Elements
Community Engagement and Visioning
Zoning and Planning Regulations
General Plans and Comprehensive Planning
Land Use Planning and Economic Development
Projects and Clients
Our firm has led many varied projects — from neighborhood meetings to a plan for the country of Qatar. We work with a range of clients, including state and regional agencies, numerous cities and counties, as well as for-profit, non-profit and educational groups. We have extensive expertise including community outreach, multi-city collaborations, community development, general/specific plans, zoning and environmental review. We are known nationally as housing experts and have developed inclusionary housing ordinances, promoted accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and written affordable housing plans. We welcome projects where we can interact closely with staff and the community.
We have purposely remained a small firm so that we are able to commit experienced senior-level staff to every project. Together, principals Jeffery C. Baird, AICP and Joshua Abrams have decades of planning experience, and are involved in all aspects of the day-to-day management of projects.
Jeff has more than 25 years of experience providing long-range and current planning services to public agencies and private clients. He has managed and collaborated on numerous city and regional plans and participatory processes. He has developed innovative regulatory tools and served as special advisor to numerous public agencies on land use, transportation and environmental planning projects, project processing, economic development, design and other issues. His focus is on creating livable and sustainable communities that bring together design, environment, economic and social needs within a successful planning and participatory framework.
Josh has more than 15 years of professional planning experience working on a range of strategic planning issues. He has managed numerous projects in the areas of organizational development, housing, land use planning, long-range comprehensive planning, community design and transportation. His gives particular emphasis to ensuring effective and meaningful participation of key stakeholders as well as the general public in the planning and design process. Josh has a strong process-orientation and technical planning background. He is a seasoned meeting facilitator, writer and editor with expertise in packaging technical information in a way that is accessible to a wide audience.