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Dove Mountain Featured Service: Landscape Architecture
Well designed, attractive landscaping can give a project the competitive edge needed to succeed in today’s economy. The Planning Center can help create that edge. Our landscape architectural work encompasses a broad range of projects with varied scopes and unique challenges. Some of our recent prominent projects include:
The Davis-Monthan and Holloman AFB Military Housing Redevelopment: a public/private development partnership including site design and landscape architecture for over 800 new and renovated homes, 2 community centers, 3 splash parks, 8 neighborhood parks, community trails, and over 4 miles of streetscape.
The University of Arizona BioPark: a high-density, mixed use development with various amenities such as public plazas, multi-modal circulation and interactive nodes located within a “green” campus focused on biotechnology.
The Grant Road Improvement Plan: includes landscape design of streetscapes, hardscapes, and water harvesting for over 6 miles of arterial roadway from Oracle Road to Swan Road.
El Dorado Professional Plaza: a redevelopment of existing office buildings requiring a unique approach including extensive retaining walls, below-grade outdoor patios, and renovating a large pool/fountain into an outdoor plaza.

The Planning Center’s Landscape Architectural Services extend from conceptual development through construction administration on projects ranging in size from urban infill developments to master planned communities. We have provided these services for project sites throughout the southwest and have an excellent track record for success. Our clients include developers, homebuilders, specialized businesses, non-profit organizations, individual property owners and government agencies.

If you would like to find out more about the services we provide, visit our website at or contact The Planning Center today at (520) 623-6146 to make your vision for your property a reality.

Related Items to Watch:
City of Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Ordinance effective 6/1/2010
City of Tucson proposed changes to Riparian Ordinance and Development Standards - ongoing
Pima County revised Riparian Mitigation requirements – ongoing
Town of Oro Valley rewrite of Landscape Code - ongoing
Featured Project
Vail High School The Planning Center is providing landscape architectural services to this LEED–Silver project located on the University of Arizona’s Science and Technical Campus. The project is planned and designed to incorporate multi-age education within a single campus stetting. Unique aspects of the design include an “eco-courtyard” for the high school students which will provide a flexible outdoor educational space and laboratory. Other outdoor areas for learning and exploration in the early childhood center include: a music garden and exploratory/kinesthetic area. A progressive approach to water harvesting as well as the adaptive reuse of recycled materials will be incorporated into the entire site design of this project.

Tim  Johnson About the Project Manager
Tim Johnson, RLA, LEED is Director of Landscape Architecture at The Planning Center and is responsible for the direction and oversight of landscape architecture services including: site design, development process approval, environmental and riparian mitigation, construction document preparation, and construction administration. Tim is a native of the Sonoran Desert and is inspired by his experience working and living throughout the western and midwestern U.S., Alaska, and Europe. Tim has served on a number of boards and committees related to development standards and regulations.

Mike Bell
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With more than 33 years of experience in landscape architecture, fine arts, teaching and land use planning, his guidance as a Principal helped establish The Planning Center’s reputation as one of the most successful firms in Southern Arizona. Mike was a founding partner in Lifezones, one of the earliest and largest landscape architecture firms in southern Arizona and was responsible for many important projects throughout the southwestern United States. His services, mentoring and guidance will be missed as he focuses on his interests in fine art.
New Projects
Broadway Village PAD
Casa de los Ninos PAD
BioPark Kino Boulevard Functional
      Open Space Plan

Approved Projects
Marana Mercantile Rezoning
Sendero Pass Specific Plan
Salpointe Catholic High School PAD
DeGrazia/ Sabino Canyon Comprehensive Plan

Pro Bono Projects
San Xavier Safe Routes to School Concept
Pascua Yaqui Land Assessment
Thank You to all of our friends who came to our annual holiday party! We are truly blessed to have such wonderful colleagues and clients. Thanks to your generosity, we donated 130 pounds of food and $530 to the Community Food Bank.
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