PlaceSense provides professional land use planning services for public and private sector clients in Vermont and elsewhere in the Northeast. We have experience with a variety of projects, from small to large-scale, residential to commercial development, and rural to urban design.

In addition to preparing town plans and land use regulations, PlaceSense has been involved in the planning of village centers and downtown master plans, growth center planning,  waterfront revitalization, main street improvements, design guidelines, and landscape and trail designs.

Brandy Saxton, AICP founded PlaceSense in 2005 with a mission to improve the quality of life and physical design in communities by employing innovative techniques and sound planning principles to balance competing interests, resulting in responsible use of land.

PlaceSense strives to identify each community’s special resources and respond to each client’s unique needs. PlaceSense believes that public involvement is key to successful community planning. PlaceSense has experience with a variety of public participation methods. PlaceSense has experience with a variety of public participation methods, including surveys, interactive design charrettes, interviews with key stakeholders and officials, focus group discussions, and visualization techniques. 

As a small firm, PlaceSense can provide quality, timely and personal service for clients at competitive rates. We are working on a limited number of projects at any given time, which allows the firm to focus on each client’s needs and work within their schedule.

The firm’s deliverable products are always visually interesting, easy-to-read and user-friendly. Plans and reports produced by PlaceSense are more than boiler-plate documents; they incorporate local information and address local issues in a manner that reflects the unique character of each community.