Giffels Webster

About Giffels Webster

Giffels Webster turns community dreams into reality. Our expert Planning Team specializes in creating zoning ordinances and long-term plans for communities of all shapes and sizes. Through lively conversations with public bodies and stakeholders, we translate our clients' development vision into forward-looking plans and pragmatic regulations. Using a combination of our interactive engagement strategies and solid research, we empower communities to achieve their goals and see tangible results.

Our commitment to clear and accessible communication sets us apart, as we recognize its vital role in developing plans that are truly informed by the communities we serve. As practitioners and educators, we make intricate planning concepts approachable, fostering an environment of inclusivity and thoughtful discourse throughout each project. We will work with your boards, commissions, and community-at-large to ensure that all planning discussions are rooted in a common understanding and shared knowledge. Central to this is our innovative and user-friendly Clearzoning® zoning code format.

Clearzoning logically organizes a zoning code and presents it in an easy-to-navigate digital format (PDF) that works online, in print, or as a local file. When users view a Clearzoning code on a phone, tablet, computer screen or sheet of paper, the formatting remains consistent. As part of this work, we also create a GIS-based interactive zoning map, which directly links parcels to the district requirements in the ordinance. By transforming ordinances into simple, user-friendly documents, Clearzoning ensures decision-makers, applicants, and code enforcement operations share a common understanding of rules and expectations.

Giffels Webster

28 West Adams, Suite 1200
Detroit, MI 48226

Branch Offices

Macomb County
6303 26 Mile Road, Suite 100
Washington Twp., MI 48094

Oakland County
1025 East Maple, Suite 100
Birmingham, MI 48009






Regions Served
Midwest   •   West
Planning Specialties
Community or Neighborhood Development   •   Comprehensive, Master or Long-Range Planning   •   Downtowns and Main Streets   •   Facilities Planning Management   •   Institutional Campus Planning   •   Land-Use and Development Regulation and Zoning   •   Mixed-Use Development Planning   •   Parking Standards and Traffic Engineering   •   Parks, Open Space, and Recreation Planning   •   Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure/Active Transportation   •   Streetscape/Corridor Improvements and Beautification   •   Transportation Planning   •   Universal Design/Age-Friendly Planning/ADA Compliance   •   Visioning and Placemaking   •   Wayfinding and Signage
Services Offered
Code Writing   •   Community Engagement   •   On-Call Planning Services   •   Plan Creation or Updates   •   Project Management   •   Urban Design Services   •   Zoning Administration/Development Services