• Planning

    Planning Services

    Planned to last a lifetime. Or seven.

    At 7gen, we dedicate ourselves to understanding your vision and examining every means of making that vision a livable reality. Planning provides for the opportunity to do just that, and to create safer and better communities with a lasting value. As planners, we serve our clients through collaboration by working with government officials, business leaders and community input to ensure the final result is a beautiful, sustainable community that enriches people’s lives where they live, work and play.

    • Research and data analysis
    • Reports and presentations
    • Community engagement
    • Governmental processing
    • Entitlements/Zoning
    • Land use acreage and yield analysis planning
    • Land use analysis/feasibility studies
    • Pre-purchase evaluations
  • Master


    Planning communities for the generations.

    A beautiful, livable, workable and enduring design is the goal for every Master-Planned Community. (MPC) Our land planners have extensive experience in creating MPCs ranging from a few hundred acres to more than 10,000 acres. We take into consideration the very factors that make MPCs distinctive from subdivisions, such as:

    • Opportunities and constraints analysis
    • Conceptual land use plans
    • Schematic lotting plans
    • Detailed lotting plans
    • Project phasing
    • Developer/builder guidelines

    Ensuring a cohesive design for Master-Planned communities is essential for a result that appeals to your potential buyers and is profitable for you.

  • Land

    Land Planning

    Right from the get-go.

    7gen develops land plans that provide options for clients to manage the development of their land while furthering the welfare of communities. We strive to meet these objectives with every plan by conducting a systematic assessment of the sites potential, safeguarding the community’s natural resources, identifying alternatives for land use, and optimizing economic and social conditions. This process is used to select and present the best land-use options to our clients. The culmination is a plan that provides for sustainable, healthful, and attractive environments for present and future generations.

    • Master-planned communities
    • Mixed-use development
    • Land use planning
    • Residential streets and lot plans
    • Commercial and business parks
    • Recreation, parks and open space planning and design
    • Community character
    • Development entitlements
  • Park

    Park Planning

    Exploration and enjoyment for now and always.

    Our work on parks, and park system planning, highlights and builds on what nature already created, yielding designs that aren’t just beautiful, they’re thoughtful and ready to delight visitors for generations. That’s why we consider it to be a first step in envisioning the future. Through collaboration with our clients (municipalities developers, etc.), we determine the goals, visions and aspirations for the park development. The results of this effort determine the course of the comprehensive plan details, including facilities, size and intended uses. Because our plans’ vision never stops at the Grand Opening, we include a long-range plan meant to shape the direction, development and delivery of parks for years to come.

    • Existing system overview/inventory
    • Needs and priorities assessment
    • Planning for recreational and cultural resource facilities
    • Committee and community stakeholder workshops
    • Community surveys
    • Vision for future development and use
    • Implementation plan
  • Government

    Government Process

    Sustainable designs that work for us all.

    With each project that we undertake as planners and landscape architects, we are committed to a beautiful design that stands on a solid analysis. As part of our technical and scientific arsenal, we navigate county, city, state and federal policies, ordinances, legislation and court rulings to understand how they might affect our clients’ projects. The opportunities and constraints developed during this process are the foundation upon which we begin the artistic planning and design. We then take the analysis of these opportunities and constraints to the artistic side of planning and design, so that we may best chart our course for achieving our clients’ vision

    • Planning services
    • Research and analysis
    • Entitlements/zoning
    • Variances
    • Preliminary plats
    • Public participation
  • Landscape

    Landscape Architecture

    Beauty today, in the eyes of those still to come.

    7gen excels in landscape architecture that marries bold, eye-catching design with careful research, preparation and management, resulting in a well-planned union of natural and manmade elements. With a balance of artistic and technical skills, along with scientific, cultural and political expertise, we demonstrate a strong concern for the stewardship, conservation and balance of natural, constructed and human resources. The resulting environments don’t just enhance our view for today, they also serve useful, aesthetic, safe and enjoyable purposes as well as the promise of respecting our land’s resources for tomorrow.

    • Compliance plans
    • Planting plans
    • Conceptual design
    • Schematic design
    • Construction documents
    • Construction observation
    • Site planning
    • Community thematics and placemaking
    • Amenity and resort planning and design
    • Design guidelines
    • Historic preservation and restoration
    • Landscape art and earth sculpture
    • Land reclamation and rehabilitation
    • Streetscapes
    • Water resources
  • Plant Facilities and Detention

    Nearly every community in the Houston region will include a water plant, wastewater plant, lift stations and detention ponds. So why is it that these necessary components are so negatively visible in some communities — and almost invisible in others? In rare instances, some of these components actually work to beautify and enhance communities!  Read more >

  • Why You Should Hire a Professional Planner

    There are many occasions in which a first meeting with a developer is spent processing the numerous reasons a plan (that was initially done by the engineers or architects) is not meeting the needs of the developer’s project vision and goals. Many developers attempt to minimize costs during the due diligence phase by having these professionals make an attempt at the initial plan. Unfortunately, skimping on this phase could be costly later or lost revenue never realized.  Read more >

  • 5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Master-Planned Community

    So, you have been looking for that great piece of property for your next, or maybe your first, Master-Planned Community (MPC) to develop. How do you know which one to pull the trigger on? There are many things to consider of course, and of those, the following five elements have continued to be either an opportunity and/or constraint as to if a parcel of land will make a great MPC. A professional land planner can evaluate each of these and interpret the impacts these elements have on your vision.   Read more >