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Overflowing with growth and development activity, Orange County's Planning Division is seeking the help of two professional planning firms for ongoing services in all areas of comprehensive planning and urban design, per a Request for Proposals (RFP) published on Tuesday.

The Planning Division has recently identified six distinct areas within the county that it refers to as "market areas," with the expectation that submarket "character areas" can be recognized as integrated neighborhood and economic centers. The county's goal is to develop a tiered planning strategy for these areas.

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Applicants have to identify in their cover letter which of two lots they intend to compete for: Comprehensive Planning, or Urban Design.

Per the RFP, the county is looking for service providers that can offer a high level of expertise in analyzing Comprehensive Plans, and the development of metrics to evaluate new policy provisions, methods for data selection and analysis for making comprehensive plan policies, integration of land use and transportation policies, and strategies for plans that adopt a form-based land development code.

For the Urban Design-focused applicants, they'll be asked to show examples of past work with Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), large-scale master planning and mixed-use design, urban infill and redevelopment strategies, design of complete streets, plazas and open spaces, form-based codes and standards, and community visioning, among other work types.

After selection, the Comp Plan-focused service provider could be asked to analyze land valuation data to determine existing and projected ad valorem and tax increment revenue associated with special districts, prepare land use feasibility studies on potential development within a market area, and develop strategies to expand location-efficient and energy-efficient housing choices to lower combined costs of housing and transportation, among other assignment examples.

The Urban Design-focused provider could be asked to develop form-based codes and regulating plans for targeted planning areas, create activity cetner and multi-modal corridor studies, and conduct design charrettes for public projects.

Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, with questions directed to Linda Carson by Sept. 30 at the latest. Full details of the RFP can be found at the county's Bid Openings webpage.

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