About Broadreach


Participants watch one of the professionals develop a concept at the design charrette for Irondequoit Town Center.

Broadreach Planning & Design focuses on planning, creating and promoting easier walking and bicycling conditions in our communities, be they highly urbanized or very rural.  Making sure that our towns, cities and villages grow and evolve to provide enhanced mobility choices for its citizens of all ages and abilities, is at the heart of our work.  Thus, the four words that describe Broadreach Planning & Design’s focus – Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Mobility, Community.  As a small business, we approach our projects with flexibility in the different ways that we can work with our clients and diligence in our engaged listening to see opportunities and not roadblocks and to provide concepts and solutions that address the purpose and need of each project.  We bring to our clients the experience that we have gained through more than 15 years of focusing on bicycle and pedestrian specific work.

Jim Donovan, FASLA, AICP, landscape architect and certified planner, founded the firm, building on over 30 years of previous successful projects.  Jim brings local, regional, national, and international experience in planning and landscape architecture to Broadreach Planning & Design.

Jim Donovan, FASLA, AICP


Jim Donovan Founder Broadreach Planning & Design

B.S. Architecture, University of Detroit, 1975, Magna Cum Laude

Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, 1979


Licensed Landscape Architect: States of Michigan, Connecticut, and New York.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)


April 2008 to Present – Owner; BROADREACH Planning & Design, Charlotte, Vermont

This innovative firm focuses on transportation and community planning and design. Projects emphasize bicycle and pedestrian issues, transit oriented design and walkable communities. Other services include landscape architecture, site design, environmental planning and analysis, park design, parking studies, and public involvement.

May 2001 to April 2008 – Senior Landscape Architect/Land Use Planner ; Wilbur Smith Associates, Shelburne, Vermont

Mr. Donovan focused his transportation work on bicycle and pedestrian facility planning and design services offered with a particular emphasis on statewide plans as well as shared use path planning, design and construction. He provided urban and rural planning services both in conjunction with transportation corridor plans and as independent projects.  Mr. Donovan also supplied public participation expertise for many projects either as part of his other responsibilities on a project or as a public involvement specialist on projects for others.

November 1994 to April 2001 – Senior Planner/Landscape Architect; Lamoureux & Dickinson Consulting Engineers, et. al., Essex Junction, Vermont.

Responsible for planning and landscape architectural services, including community and public involvement; preparation of transportation scoping reports for bicycle/pedestrian facilities, roadways, and intersections; completion of construction documents and construction services for shared use paths; analysis of pedestrian and vehicular circulation and parking needs; development of visual impact analysis and simulations; park planning and design; landscape plans; air quality analyses; site planning and design; municipal planning and zoning; and project permitting.

July 1983 to November 1994 – Vice President/Environmental Planning; Frederick P. Clark Associates, Inc., Rye, New York

Prepared site and subdivision plans for numerous residential and commercial properties ranging in size from 1 to over 600 acres; environmental resource analyses and SEQR documents; freshwater wetland and other land use and environmental conservation regulations for municipal clients; environmental mapping, open space studies, wetland rehabilitation and restoration project; visual impact analysis and visual simulation for private and public projects; and air quality modeling studies using HIWAY2 and CAL3QHC air quality modeling programs.

September 1982 to July 1983 – Associate Landscape Architect;

Dickinson De Marche and Associates, Westport, Connecticut

October 1979 to May 1982 – Landscape Architect/Planner;

Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, St. Louis, Missouri

June to October 1979 – Intern; National Park Services, Midwest Rocky Mountain Regional Planning Team, Denver, Colorado


Merit Award, Vermont Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 2007 – Washington Depot Master Plan

Merit Award, Vermont Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 2005 – Longmeadow –Webster Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Feasibility Study

Plan of the Year, Vermont Planners Association 2003 – Transit Oriented Design Guidelines for Chittenden County

Way to Grow Award, Rochester Planners – 2003 – Irodequoit Town Center Master Plan

Merit Award, Connecticut Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 2000 – Taconic State Parkway Management Plan

Presidents Award Vermont Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects 2007; Connecticut Public Space Award 1987; and Honor Award 1989 Connecticut Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects – Guilford Master Plan for Preservation and Scenic Conservation