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About Us

Community. Image. Builders.

CIB delivers the most creative, strategic team for the success of your project, providing you an extensive network of professionals led by industry experts. Together, our firm provides the range of expertise and innovation necessary to create powerful and authentic community-wide solutions.

Experts who’ve been there. Advice you can rely on. Strategies That Work.

Who We Are

Carmine Avantini, AICP – Carmine specializes in community planning, zoning, public involvement, economic development, downtown planning, small town development, site redevelopment, and project implementation. He works with a wide range of municipalities to find creative solutions to challenging development issues and sees them through to implementation; recognizing that projects are not truly completed until construction is finished.

Carmine is also active in the preparation and implementation of several redevelopment strategies and projects including the Wixom Village Center Area (VCA); the Downtown Fenton Redevelopment Plan including removal of the pedestrian mall and re-opening of the street; the Pointe South Redevelopment plan in Jasper County, South Carolina; and currently redevelopment of the former Ford Wixom Assembly Plant into a mixed-use commercial, industrial, office and R&D center.

Prior to starting CIB Planning, Carmine was a co-founder of LSL Planning, the Director of Planning and Community Development for Utica, NY, Executive Director of the Herkimer County, NY, Development Corporation and City Planner for Rome, NY. He also worked as a Project Manager with CRM Commercial Properties where he was responsible for the redevelopment of two different former industrial complexes into mixed- use facilities.

Justin Sprague – Justin Sprague serves as Vice President for the CIB Planning, where he is responsible for municipal planning and zoning, economic development, corporate incentives and location support, downtown development, corridor improvement and regional economic development planning.

Prior to joining CIB Planning, Justin was Director of Business Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for business attraction projects throughout Flint & Genesee County, business retention,  brownfield redevelopment, downtown investment projects and municipal collaboration projects focused around economic development

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Planning from the University of Michigan – Flint.



Our Approach

CIB Planning is an energetic community planning consulting firm that offers a wide range of innovative planning, zoning, and development consulting services. With our broad range of expertise and commitment to quality, we are able to help you solve the challenges you face on a daily basis while keeping a long-term view toward the future.

Each of our planning and development professionals have extensive public sector experience, giving us a unique perspective not found with most firms. We are able to use this experience to implement the visions, plans, and projects that we help you create. We are not satisfied with plans that “sit on a shelf” and strive to see them through to reality.

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