As a standalone service line and as part of our full-service approach to project development and delivery, R&M offers planning services. We have the capability to provide planning as a stand-alone service, or as a value-added service on complex projects. R&M is adept at navigating local, state and federal processes to keep projects moving forward, meeting the goals and budgets of our clients while balancing the desires for an enhanced quality of life and livable community. R&M’s planning expertise includes long-range comprehensive planning focused on transportation facilities, recreational facilities and land use; area-specific and master planning, including site selection studies and neighborhood and district plan development; and site development planning and permitting, including site assessments, parking demand studies and assisting with permitting and code compliance issues.

Group Manager: Planning

Van Le

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Van is a Certified Senior Level Planner with 16 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. A former Municipal planner, Van offers a broad range of planning experience. She has been involved in all aspects of local and regional planning. Van specializes in land use compatibility, community development, multi-modal transportation planning, regional planning and project management, as well as area-specific master plans. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University and a B.A. in Urban Geography from the University of British Columbia. Van is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and actively serves on the AMATS Complete Streets Committee, ITE Alaska Section Active Transportation Committee and the Board of the Alaska Chapter of WTS – Women in Transportation Seminar.

The Eklutna River Bridge at the Old Glenn Highway was closed to vehicular access due to severe deterioration, creating considerable access inconvenience to residents of the Thunderbird Falls neighborhood. R&M’s multi-discipline team of planners and designers are currently working on conceptual alternatives through the Context Sensitive Solutions policy to expedite the Eklutna River Bridge Replacement timeline to improve connectivity, mitigate congestion related to an incomplete transportation corridor network, relieve out-of-direction travel, and provide access to important community recreation areas in Chugach State Park.
R&M performed a comprehensive civil site assessment and developed a conceptual site improvement plan for Spring Hill Elementary School, originally constructed in the mid-1980s. After evaluating and documenting the condition of exterior site facilities, the R&M team developed site improvement alternatives to address site deficiencies. With client coordination, a recommended alternative was developed to improve pedestrian access, relieve vehicle/pedestrian conflicts while making bus and parent pick-up and drop-off more efficient, improve site drainage, and bring the site up to current Anchorage School District standards.
The West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade project began in 2005, but was put on hold for several years due to funding constraints until a restart in 2013. Over this time, design criteria for roadways, adopted plans and permitting policies changed, affecting project scope. R&M’s planning and transportation design team was able to resurrect the project seamlessly, picking up where we left off to comply with new Municipal standards and newly adopted planning policies without starting from the beginning, saving time and budget.