About Us

Anne F. McBride, FAICP and C. Gregory Dale, FAICP founded McBride Dale Clarion, a community planning consulting firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1999. MDC provides planning, zoning and development services to a wide range of public and private sector clients throughout the country. Our planners have decades of combined experience in drafting plans, zoning codes, and development regulations nationally. Our success in the preparation and implementation of community plans, land use, and zoning documents in many communities at various scales is proof of the array of skill the staff of MDC can provide to local communities.

In addition to the services and products created for public sector clients, MDC provides development services for numerous private clients and serves as planning staff for local cities and townships, and on planning and zoning boards for their own communities. The extensive experience in not only drafting planning documents but also working in development services, analyzing zoning regulations and plans for enforcement purposes, gives McBride Dale Clarion a unique and advantageous perspective on the creation of these tools. These unique qualities allow MDC to customize planning products for communities that reflect the values and issues within the community.

Award Winning Projects


Cincinnati, Ohio | Plan Cincinnati: A Comprehensive Plan for the Future

2014 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan and 2013 Ohio APA Outstanding Plan – In association with Planning NEXT

Columbus, Ohio | East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan

2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Innovation in Economic Development & Planning – In association with Goody Clancy & Planning NEXT

Montgomery, Ohio | Corridor Design Guidelines

2006 Hamilton County Regional Planning Frank Ferris II Award for Excellence in Planning


City of Columbia & Richland County, South Carolina: Plan Together

2016 SCAPA Outstanding Multi-Jurisdictional Plan – In association with Clarion Associates & Planning NEXT

Charleston County, South Carolina | Comprehensive Plan Update

2010 South Carolina Outstanding Planning Project Large Jurisdiction – In association with Planning NEXT

Southern Beaufort County Regional Plan

2006 South Carolina Outstanding Planning Project


Williamson County, Tennessee | Zoning Ordinance

2013 Tennessee APA Award for Best Implementation Project and 2013 Greater Nashville Regional Council’s Local Government Award

Williamson County, Tennessee | Comprehensive Land Use Plan

2008 Tennessee APA Outstanding Comprehensive Plan Award for a Large Community 

THRIVE 2055 | Regional Plan (Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee Tri-State)

Web Site and Public Relations Campaign – In association with Neathawk, Dubuque and Packett

Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee | Nashville: Naturally – Nashville Open Space Plan

2012 Tennessee American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Merit – In association with The Conservation Fund

Franklin, Tennessee | Zoning Ordinance

2008 Tennessee APA Outstanding Planning Project/Program/Tool Award for a Small Community

Franklin, Tennessee | Land Use Plan

Cumberland Region Tomorrow 2003 Excellence Award


Portsmouth, Virginia | Build One Portsmouth Comprehensive Plan 

2019 Virginia APA Resilient Community of the Year

Will County, Illinois | Land Resource Management Plan

2002 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning

Southern Nevada Regional Policy Plan

2001 DeBoer Excellence in Planning Award

Culpeper, Virginia | Comprehensive Plan

2012 Virginia APA Outstanding Plan Award

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