Senior Housing Planning

Creating a plan together.

We’ve been involved in developing not-for-profit and for-profit retirement communities since 1971, so we know good senior living planning includes a strategy for the unexpected. Before initiating design, the best thing to do is to comprehensively set the stage. A big part of any development work we do, either with a new or an existing community, is to create a comprehensive retirement community business plan called a master plan.

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Good master plans incorporate information gathered from strategic planning. LCS Development works with owners, board members and other stakeholders to develop the most successful strategy for your community. This process includes identifying your:

  • Mission statement – who you are as an organization
  • Vision statement – where you see your community going
  • Value proposition – community’s value from the residents’ point of view
  • Strategic objectives – target objectives to meet your vision
  • Goals – set within your strategic objectives
  • Action steps – tasks to achieve goals

A master plan provides direction and focus for future capital improvements and builds on the strategic plan. It also helps board members and owners answer critical questions, such as:

  • What projects make sense for our community to stay competitive?
  • Which projects come first?
  • How will we pay for the improvements?

A well-designed master plan provides direction and focus for future capital improvements specific to your unique issues. It establishes a phasing strategy to accomplish a logical, site development sequence, and also includes future growth and/or program enhancements merged with a financial plan to ensure viability.

1. Assessment

This phase builds common understanding and provides an insightful view of your community and its current situation. We review the strategic plan, site, buildings, market, regulatory environment, current amenities/services, and the finances, as well as present forward-looking market research and design trends.

2. Collaboration

During this phase, collaboration meetings provide a forum to discuss various development strategies and associated design scenarios. The collaborative planning builds consensus among stakeholders and includes:

  • Development strategy/phasing
  • Design concepts
  • Financial feasibility

3. Delivery

Our final stage of the master planning process culminates in the plan presentation. It incorporates design, program, phasing and project economic information to demonstrate overall viability. We provide a final master plan that includes your:

  • Development Plan
  • New and Renovated Building Criteria (Design Program)
  • Site Utilization Plan
  • Phasing Plans
  • Business Plan

All this planning pays off in the end with full committee approval. It’s also one of the reasons we have a 100% success rate on our projects.