About Us


A small firm by design, BAI is dedicated to excellence achieved by tailoring its services to the specific needs of the client.  Over the years BAI has established working relationships with a variety of professionals involved in planning and development such as land use and water law, market and feasibility analysis, architectural and landscape design, engineering, traffic analysis, and a variety of environmental specialists.  The involvement of these and other professionals is critical to the success of all development projects.  Working with the client, Braun Associates, Inc. will coordinate the work of the planning team in order to prepare plans and obtain development approvals in the most efficient and timely manner possible.

Established in 1995, Braun Associates, Inc. is owned and operated by Tom Braun.  Mr. Braun, AICP began his professional planning career in 1983 working for the Town of Vail Community Development Department and since that time has gained extensive experience in the planning, design, and development of many resort-oriented communities.  Nick Braun joined the team in 2018 and specializes in GIS analysis and Cartography.

The firm’s practice involves two main areas – the site design and land planning of large scale “ranch preservation” projects and the coordination and management of land use approvals for development projects.  

Examples of ranch preservation projects or shared ranch communities include Storm Mountain Ranch and Marabou in Steamboat Springs, the Maytag Mountain Ranch in Westcliffe and the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby.

The firm has had extensive experience in coordinating the entitlement process for development projects.  This type of work has involved both public and private sector clients.  BAI has been consulting for the Town of Vail for 29 years and Eagle County School District for 20 years.  Braun Associates’ philosophy for the entitlement process is to work collaboratively with the client and the review agency to find solutions that work for both parties.

Examples of entitlement work the firm has been responsible for in Vail and Eagle County includes:

Vail’s New Dawn (Founders Plaza, Vails Front Door, Arrabelle, the Ritz Residences and the West Lionshead Master Plan amendment to the LHMP);

The expansion and redevelopment of the Sonnenalp Hotel;

The expansion and redevelopment of the Vail Mountain Lodge;

The Vail Mountain School;

The Vail Valley Medical Center;

The annexation of the IK Bar Ranch and subsequent development of two new schools for the Eagle County School District;

The master planning and zoning approvals for the Berry Creek and Miller Ranch parcels in Edwards on behalf of Eagle County and the Eagle County School District.