Owner Steven B. Mullen

Steven B. Mullen                               

Landscape Architect/Planner/GIS Specialist

President, Foresee Consulting, Inc.

 

Foresee Consulting, Inc. is a Landscape Architecture and Planning firm dedicated to amplifying

the voice of citizen’s in the decision making process.  The firm’s name connotes dual meanings:

  • Foreseeing the future – knowing the potential implications of actions prior to their manifestation

  • 4 C’s – Collaborative Choices for Community Consensus, as a process to arrive at a community
    vision with the highest levels of support possible, thus the greatest possibility of successful implementation.

 

With the use of innovative tools for public decision making and in conjunction with tried and tested methodology, Foresee Consulting has facilitated numerous successful public engagement processes, despite the controversies that existed when several projects were initiated. 

 

Foresee Consulting has devised a set of public participation exercises that enable participants to create great plans that are environmentally, economically and socially responsible, while achieving vast levels of support.  While these plans are often accomplished in half the time normally required for public engagement, they do not simplify the issues that need addressing.  This methodology recognizes that planning and design are complex tasks, yet enables decisiveness despite the complexity, facilitating a process that is truly comprehensive. Keypad polling is used in conjunction with exercises that lets the public see they are directing the process with their desirer.

 

The spatial implication of community values is at the heart of this approach, while establishing a common dialog focused on choices, desirable outcomes and predictable impacts.  Public planning exercises such as the CommunityViz version of the ‘Chip Game’, is frequently used to allow all participants the opportunity to express their ideas where development should and should not occur, as well as what character that development should strive to attain.

 

Some specific projects that have used these innovative tools successfully to engage citizens include:

·    Douglas Downtown Plan, 2018

·    Park County Comprehensive Plan, 2018

·    City of Limon Comprehensive Plan, 2017

·    Grand Junction / Mesa County Comprehensive Plan, ASLA Award winning Project

·    Manchester Road Master Plan, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009 (In Progress)

·    Garfield Count Comprehensive Plan, Colorado, 2009 (In Progress)

·    Casper Urbanized Area Comprehensive Plan, Wyoming, 2009,

·    San Juan County Growth Management Plan, New Mexico, 2009

·    Pflugerville Comprehensive Plan, Austin Texas, 2009

·    Aspen Area Plan – City of Aspen and Pitkin County Colorado

·    Cripple Creek Comprehensive Plan / Downtown Plan, Colorado

·    Silt Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Montrose County Comprehensive Plan, Colorado

·    Grand County Comprehensive Plan, Colorado

·    Borderlands Project – Rhode Island pilot project sponsored by The Orton Family Foundation and the Nature Conservancy

·    City of Montrose Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Brush Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Buena Vista Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Albany County Comprehensive Plan, Laramie, WY

·    Fort Lupton Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Rifle Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Berthoud Colorado Comprehensive Plan

·    Vision Dixie, Washington County Utah Comprehensive Plan

·    Ada County Idaho Comprehensive Plan

·    Northampton County Virginia Comprehensive Plan

·    Eastville Virginia Comprehensive Plan

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Planning the Energy Landscape

Mr. Mullen has vast experience with the new Energy Landscape, having just completed the Williams County Comprehensive Plan for Williams County North Dakota (Williston). Mr. Mullen is solving and working regional land use issues for all of the Bakken and new drilling areas in Colorado. We have developed an approach that creates massive consensus even when communities are ill prepared for growth rates thrust upon them. Our methodology involves the use of Triage to define what is most needed to help local government function effectively despite significant growth pressure. This proprietary approach has been repeated successfully in energy booms in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and North Dakota.

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