EXUrban Planning is a community and economic development planning firm specializing in revitalization and redevelopment strategies for our suburban and rural communities.


  Greg was formerly the Executive Director of Economic Development South (EDS) where he led redevelopment efforts throughout Pittsburgh’s southernmost neighborhood and South Allegheny County, and prior to that served as Real Estate Development Specialist at the Northside Leadership Conference (NSLC). Mr. Jones has spent his entire professional career guiding projects like this from idea […]

  Brian brings more than 28 years of experience in Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, having been a part of multidisciplinary project teams of varying sizes, located in more than 15 countries across the globe. Brian, prior to co-founding Exurban Planning managed numerous projects involving interdisciplinary teams to provide a comprehensive process of planning, […]

Our approach to projects is simple - forge relationships, build trust, and help our clients to continually identify and refine project and initiative opportunities. Our approach is flexible – we understand that each project scope is unique and for that very reason we assemble a project team to identify new and impactful funding and development opportunities that may emerge over the project period.

EXUrban Planning was formed in the summer of 2021 by Gregory A. Jones and Brian K. Shaffer to address the growing need for resources and expertise in revitalization and redevelopment strategies for small to modest sized communities.


Action and Implementation Planning

Public Private Partnership Planning and Implementation

Economic Development and Master Planning Strategies

Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Office Market Analysis

Market and Socioeconomic Analysis

Due Diligence and Feasibility Studies

Public and Private Sector Funding

Grant Management

Project Management

Project Gap Funding Strategies and Analysis

Community Engagement and Public Outreach

Adaptive Reuse Planning and Development Assistance

Comprehensive Land Use Planning

Park, Open Space, and Recreation Planning

Community Redevelopment Opportunity Marketing




Allegheny County Airport Authority

Allegheny County Parks Foundation

Allegheny Land Trust

Armstrong County , PA Planning and Development

Brentwood Borough, Pittsburgh, PA

Chesapeake Economic Development

City of Aliquippa, PA

City of Clairton, PA

City of New Castle, PA

City of Pittsburgh, PA

Denver Office of Economic Development

Downtown Kittanning Revitalization Committee

Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County, VA

Mt. Oliver Borough, PA

Northwest PA Regional Planning

Onondaga County Economic Development

Town and Village of Delhi, NY

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

"We create implementable plans and project concepts that work in communities with modest resources and implementation capacity."