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6405 York Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44130


Our History

Neff & Associates is a full-service civil engineering firm that has shaped the development of Northeast Ohio for the past 80 years. We are constantly expanding our areas of service and expertise to meet our client’s needs. Please take a moment to browse the professional services we offer.

Neff & Associates was founded in 1939 as a Cleveland-area consulting, engineering, and surveying firm. Since our inception, we have provided engineering, planning, and surveying services to various private, semi-private, and municipal organizations. In 1994, we added landscape architecture to our ongoing list of services to offer a complete design repertoire.

With civil engineers, surveyors, and landscape architects working together under one roof, the result is a streamlined design process. We believe collaboration through all design phases is key to a successful project.

See how our company has grown and evolved over the years

Leadership Team



Jeffrey M. Plautz, P.E. took over as President of Neff & Associates in January 2023. Mr. Plautz graduated from the University of Dayton and has worked on many projects over the past 20 years, including large commercial retail centers, industrial parks, lifestyle centers, and restaurants. He also has experience with public water mains, sewer mains, pump station facilities, and roadway improvements. Mr. Plautz has developed trusted relationships with developers and owners who need help navigating their projects through the approval process. He creates quality designs that offer value to an owner while satisfying city needs and requirements.



Daniel J. Neff, P.E. is a graduate of the University of Dayton and a Professional Engineer licensed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky. Mr. Neff is the CEO of Neff & Associates, a third-generation firm providing services throughout northeast Ohio in the Engineering, Surveying, Planning and Landscape Architecture fields. Mr. Neff oversees all aspects of the business and is the firm’s acting Principal Engineer. In addition, Mr. Neff has been a partner in developing residential real estate across northeast Ohio over the last 10 years, which has allowed him to work with various government agencies as both an engineer and a developer.


Vice President

Edward L. Keaton, P.E., a graduate of Cleveland State University, brings experience in the management of all design aspects for single and multi-phase residential, public housing, municipal and industrial projects. Ed has gained expertise from these projects in the areas of sanitary sewers, pump stations, storm sewers, water distribution systems, earthworks, storm water management and storm water pollution prevention. As Vice President , Mr. Keaton oversees Project Managers, numerous professional engineers, professional surveyors, technicians and support staff and is responsible for the day-to-day activities and supervision of the Engineering, Surveying and Land Planning Departments. In addition, he maintains close working relationships with clients and city/county officials enabling the design review and approval process of projects to proceed smoothly and efficiently.


Survey Manager

Steven J. Metcalf, P.S., a graduate of the University of Akron, has been working in the surveying and engineering profession for 15 years, and brings his real world surveying experience to Neff & Associates. This experience includes public and private work within Ohio and Pennsylvania spanning multiple market disciplines such as energy (wind and natural gas), commercial development, residential development, public improvements, and construction. Steve has been involved in the creation numerous survey documents such as alternative energy mapping, natural gas base mapping, gas lease exhibits, GIS to AutoCAD conversions, boundary surveys, ALTA surveys, topographic surveys, easement documents, property maps, construction staking, site and county property research, office computations, office survey calculations / drafting, and preparation of legal descriptions.

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