About Us

will-headshot-IMG-1001Principal Consultant

Will Kerns

Will Kerns, AICP worked at the Jefferson County, Colorado Division of Transportation and Engineering as a Transportation Planner for over 11 years before founding Open Plan.  Will is a visionary planner and spent time in his previous position crafting groundbreaking plans such as the Jefferson County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Conifer Walkability Plan, Countywide Transportation Plan, and South Golden Road Corridor Study. Will also helped to shape the RTD West Corridor EIS, US-36 EIS, I-70 PEIS, and many more.

Will specializes in Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning and Advocacy but also has experience in Transportation Engineering, Parking Studies, Context Sensitive Solutions, Safety Studies, NEPA, Transit Planning, High Speed Rail Planning, Roadway, Highway, Intersection and Interchange planning.  Will attended the University of Northern Colorado where he studied Applied Geography and Earth Science.

Will enjoys the outdoors and can be found in the Colorado Rockies riding his mountain bike or rock climbing with friends and family.

Will is also an accomplished Bonsai Artist and has donated some of his Bonsai trees to the Denver Botanic Gardens. Will sits on the Executive Board of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society.


SkyRiedel_15Principal Economist

Sky Riedel

Sky Riedel holds Master’s Degrees in Economics and Applied Econometrics from CU-Boulder and the University of Washington in Seattle. Some of his project experience includes a Congestion Pricing Study on the Evergreen Floating Bridge in Seattle, Washington along the SR-520 Corridor. Another project analyzed data to examine the effects of an environmental clean-up on local housing prices around Lake Onondaga, an EPA superfund site, in Syracuse, New York.

Sky has a love of Economics, Statistics, and Math; his computer experience includes working with programs such as SAS, STATA, Eviews, R, and Matlab. Sky is a gifted economist who loves to not only perform economic analyses, but also to teach economics and English.

Sky speaks fluent French and has taught English and math in France, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Poland. Sky was born and raised in Colorado and made his home in Denver after travelling the world.

He enjoys hiking, camping, and football. Sky’s teams are the CU Buffs and the Michigan Wolverines which is where his family was originally from.

Open Plan

Open Plan Consultants, LLC (Open Plan) was founded by Will Kerns, AICP in 2012. Open Plan focuses on Multimodal Transportation Planning with an emphasis on Bicycle/Pedestrian, Transit and Trails planning. Some recent projects that Open Plan has worked on or is working on include:

• CDOT Safe Routes to School-Building Community Coalitions Grant
• CDOT Statewide Transit Plan public outreach
• Evergreen Trails Master Plan, the US 36 Mobility Report
• CDOT Share the Road Outreach
• US 36 Bus then Bike Shelter implementation.

Open Plan is also leading the River North Art District Neighborhood Design Team (RiND) and is tasked with guiding development in Denver's fastest growing district.

The Open Plan firm includes Principal Consultant, Will Kerns an APA Certified Planner with public, private, and non-profit sector experience, based in Denver and Principal Economist, Schuyler (Sky) Riedel versed in Economics and Applied Econometrics, based in Seattle.