MRB Group President Ryan Colvin recently announced that Lance Brabant, CPESC, has been promoted to Director of Planning Services.

Brabant has been with MRB Group, serving a number of the firm’s municipal clients, since 2005.  He received his degree in Environmental Planning & Design from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

Brabant works closely with MRB Group’s client communities, providing local governments with support for planning and environmental review processes.  His specialized expertise includes the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), New York State Phase II Stormwater requirements, environmental best practices including green technology and sustainable infrastructure, and the Municipal Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4) permitting process.

With tremendous hands-on experience and expertise in municipal zoning, codes, development regulations and planning board activities, Brabant is a trusted resource to numerous Planning Boards who rely on his ability to simplify proposed projects and identify their impacts.  As Director of Planning at MRB Group, he will lead a team of professionals and coordinate the firm’s strategic planning services.

“Lance’s impressive capabilities have earned him recognition from the clients he serves.  With this promotion, we also recognize his leadership,” said Colvin, who added that Brabant will continue to work directly with client communities.  “We are confident he will further build and strengthen the team and its array of services,” Colvin stated, “now that planning is more important to local governments than ever before.”

According to Colvin, the current climate for municipal operations requires critical thinking, and a strategic approach.  “With the pressure on municipalities to be more efficient and cut spending, MRB Group’s assistance in long-term planning helps communities preserve critical infrastructure and assets at the lowest possible cost,” he concluded.

MRB Group has provided the greater Rochester and Central New York regions with professional engineering and architecture since 1927.   Experts in infrastructure, water and wastewater, municipal planning, facility design/rehabilitation, GIS, and construction phase services, MRB Group currently serves more than 120 municipalities across New York State, often in an advisory and consulting capacity as Municipal / Term Engineers.