About Smith Planning Group
Founded in 1989, Smith Planning Group (formerly Smith & Associates) is a land planning, landscape architecture and civil engineering firm with offices located just outside Athens, Georgia. The goal of our firm is to facilitate the creation of spaces with lasting value for the communities that they serve. Smith Planning Group accomplishes these goals by designing spaces that complement its unique environment while being ecologically and historically respectful, environmentally sustainable and economically prosperous.
Smith Planning Group welcomes work opportunities that offer complex and creative challenges, that deliver valuable, long-term benefits for a wide range of community interests, combine and foster a local sense of place, and improve the relationship between people and their environment.
Smith Planning Group’s professional team spans four key disciplines: master planning, civil engineering, architectural design and landscape architecture. These professionals work within specialized practice groups with expertise including park, trail, recreation, urban planning, park programming and public meeting facilitation. Our technical staff specializes in project management, permitting, construction documentation, specification writing, bid facilitation, and construction oversight. The diversity of our practice helps us clearly define issues and identify practical courses of action. We believe that plan making is a collaborative effort involving a diversity of stakeholders, and are committed to active participation in the planning process. Smith Planning Group has extensive experience working with municipalities and government institutions. We have a proven track record in timely project permitting as well as coordination with municipal officials and departments.
Guiding our firm and clients to success while
always improving and moving forward.
Bob Smith is a Registered Landscape Architect and owner of Smith Planning Group. Bob draws upon his 25 years of experience in planning and design to create spaces of lasting value to the client. As an expert in site design, land planning and development, Bob prepares plans that are environmentally sensitive, ecologically sustainable and economically successful. As founder and managing principal, Bob is responsible for a wide range of domestic and international projects that include town planning, urban design projects, infill developments, mixed-use developments, recreational developments, campus planning, and landscape development. He uses this experience during the community design process to help develop consensus and public approvals in often complex situations.
Culture of Integrity
Our culture is one of love for what we do and an understanding that what we do matters to local communities and their environment. We have a responsibility to be honest and ethical in all of our dealings with clients, issuing authorities and community at large. We are passionate about achieving the goals our clients want. And we are dedicated to continually pushing ourselves to provide the best possible services to our clients.
Success often depends on building relationships of trust, finding mutual goals and executing creative and practical solutions to problems as they arise. Collaboration and open communication with project stakeholders is paramount to build lasting relationships in the land development community.
News & Awards
We recently completed the planning and preliminary engineering for the Thomasville Landmarks Multi-Use Trail in the City of Thomasville. The 12 mile multi-use trail connects various historic parks within the city limits and includes the design of a trailhead park located in historic downtown Thomasville.
Awards & Recognition
One of our park and revitalization projects – completed for the City of Thomasville this year - was just awarded Outstanding Initiatives and Outstanding Planning Document by the American Planning Association’s Georgia Chapter.