News Items

News from Burton Planning Services.

  • September 2019: BPS is now prequalified to perform Regulated Material Reviews through the Ohio Department of Transportation! Our staff are available to help your team review the management of materials that are detrimental to human health and the environment during the project development process. Visit our services page for a complete list of our ODOT prequalifications and services.

  • August 2019: BPS is pleased to announce they have won the ODOT Active Transportation Academy contract for a third year! Since 2017, BPS has helped facilitate over 30 active transportation-related courses around Ohio, developed or updated 17 course options, and converted in-person courses to an online e-learning format. We are excited for what this next year will bring for active transportation in Ohio!

  • July 2019: BPS is growing! This month, we welcomed Vedat Batu, Ph.D, P.E. to the BPS team. Dr. Batu is an engineer with over 40 years of experience in environmental engineering. He is an expert in superfund projects, environmental site assessments, hydrogeologic assessments, and landfill permitting. Welcome to BPS, Vedat!

  • June 2019: BPS is helping the City of Dayton celebrate its unique neighborhoods! Last month we began conducting research which will support the City’s Live Dayton project, working with the City to refocus efforts that market and highlight its inner-ring communities. BPS is excited to work on building a Live! campaign from the ground up.

  • May 2019: BPS is excited to have Anna van der Zwaag continue with us as a full-time Associate Planner now that she has officially graduated with her Master’s in City & Regional Planning from OSU! Anna has a background in public health, community planning, and public engagement, with expertise in hazard mitigation, sustainability, and active transportation planning & programming. Congratulations, Anna!

  • April 2019: BPS President, Kimberly Burtonis headed to San Francisco for the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference! On April 13, Kimberly spoke to planners about “Technology’s Impact on the Planning Practice”. More information about this session can be found here.

  • March 2019: BPS has now established a presence in the Western Ohio/Dayton area by welcoming Susan Vincent to the team! Susan will be heading up our efforts in this region as a Senior Planner in Community and Economic Development.

  • February 2019: BPS is pleased to welcome Jim Lenner as our new Community & Economic Development Director! Mr. Lenner comes to BPS with 15 years of experience working with local governments. He has developed a wide range of skillsets in community and land use planning, downtown revitalization, economic development strategies, zoning and development regulations, park and recreation planning, and public finance and capital improvements. He is also experienced at managing a variety of programs, projects and teams. More information about Mr. Lenner’s experience and specialties can be found here. Welcome to BPS, Jim!

  • January 2019: Happy New Year from BPS! We are excited to kick off the year in Marion County, where we are preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Additionally, on February 6th, BPS President, Kimberly Burton will be speaking at the “Strong Women, Strong Places” event hosted by the Ohio State University’s City and Regional Planning Student Association. More information for the event can be found here.

  • December 2018: BPS is celebrating a decade of planning! December 2nd marks our ten-year anniversary as a firm committed to bringing sustainable planning, engineering and environmental solutions to communities around Ohio and the United States. Thank you to all who have been a part of our growth over the last ten years!

  • November 2018: BPS is headed to Bradford, Ohio! Located in western Ohio, the Village of Bradford’s Y-Yard site has a long history dating back to the mid-19th century when it was a major railroad hub. BPS will work with the Village to create a unique redevelopment plan for the 27-acre site that serves as a reflection of Bradford’s needs and vision for their future. Keep up to date on the Y-Yard Project as it progresses through the planning process on the BPS LinkedIn Page.

  • October 2018: BPS is happy to announce our latest project – the Urbana South Main Street Corridor Plan! BPS will provide a blueprint for development in the southern portion of the City of Urbana that results in a land use, circulation, and access management plan for the corridor. Using input from the City, its residents, and other stakeholders, BPS will develop a plan that will guide future land use, zoning, and infrastructure decisions. Stay tuned for updates on the Urbana South Main Street Corridor Plan!

  • September 2018: BPS plans for resilient communities! This month, BPS began preparing the Clermont County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Keep an eye out for updates as the plan progresses. BPS is also excited to share that BPS President Kimberly Burton will be speaking at the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) next month (October 3) on the “Advantages and Challenges of Earthen Noise Berms.” You can find more information about the research BPS has done on Earthen Noise Berms here.

  • August 2018: BPS President Kimberly Burton was recently published in the American Planning Association’s 2018 State of Transportation Planning! Her chapter, “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels: Using Low Carbon Fuels,” covers alternative fuel options, trends, infrastructure needs, and challenges and opportunities. She has also published chapters in previous years of the State of Transportation Planning reports.

  • July 2018: BPS continues to grow its active transportation expertise! This month, BPS won the ODOT Active Transportation Academy contract for a second year. Later in the month, BPS President, Kimberly Burton, presented at the Ohio Transportation Planning Conference on “Adapting Active Transportation for Rural Areas: Lawrence County Case Study.” Check out how BPS can help you bring free Active Transportation programs and courses to your community!

  • June 2018: BPS is happy to share our completed master plan for the County Road 25-A Special Planning Area in Miami County! This implementable plan was designed with a careful analysis of the unique characteristics of the study area, as well as a robust public participation plan. The final plan can be viewed on the BPS-developed project website here.

  • May 2018: BPS is pleased to announce that Amelia Mansfield, AICP will be joining our team as Planning Manager! Ms. Mansfield comes to BPS with over 10 years of experience at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), where she worked as a Planning Manager on multi-modal transportation planning, land use, community, sustainability, and environmental planning.

  • April 2018: BPS has an exciting new project – developing an Online Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Johnstown! The final Comprehensive Plan will be converted to an interactive online format with live links to planning documents, mapping, and other data. Stay tuned for updates as the project progresses!

  • March 2018: BPS is working hard on a Sustainability Plan for the City of Dayton – ReNEW Dayton! We collected feedback from local community leaders and residents at a charrette and meetings to learn how this plan can best address their needs. There was an excellent turnout and it was great to see the vision the people have for their city!  Now we are assisting with developing strategies for plan.

  • February 2018: Congratulations to Michael Blau who published a paper in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation: Driverless vehicles’ potential influence on bicyclist facility preferences. This month BPS also held the first group of trainings for the ODOT Active Transportation Academy with Columbus Public Health and City Schools.

  • January 2018: BPS is growing! We are happy to announce that Richard Roths and Anna van der Zwaag have joined BPS this month. Rich is a Senior Hazards Planner with over 40 years of experience in hazard mitigation planning, disaster recovery, and emergency management. Anna is an Associate Planner with a background in public health and community planning.

  • December 2017: BPS is celebrating its 9th anniversary! It has been our pleasure to work with a wonderful group of professionals and to serve communities over the past 9 years – and we look forward to many more. We are excited for you to explore our new, interactive website. Thank you for choosing BPS to help make your communities livable, healthy, and sustainable.

  • November 2017: Michael Blau, Transportation Planner for BPS, just passed his AICP exam, so he is now a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners – congratulations Michael!

  • August 2017: BPS wins new projects! The firm was on the project teams that were recently chosen to complete two interchange studies, US-52 Interchange Study & US-23 & Monroe St/Alexis Rd Interchange & Corridor Feasibility Study (LUC-23-11.75). The firm also kicked off two additional projects this month, the Active Transportation Academy for ODOT and the Miami CR-25A Special Planning Area Master Plan.