How to Negotiate Permits that Ensure Project Success

Negotiating project-appropriate conditions for your environmental permits will help avoid costly consequences, such as construction delays, tied-up bonding capacity, and extraneous years of site mitigation, monitoring and maintenance.

In-Lieu Fee Programs Offer “Win-Win” Compensatory Mitigation

In-lieu fee (ILF) programs present a desirable option to both project permittees and local resource conservation districts (RCD) for offsetting wetland impacts. An ILF program matches the permittee’s compensatory mitigation need with an RCD’s charter to be the on-the-ground leader for conservation efforts in their local community.

Programmatic Permits Save Time and Money

Programmatic permitting significantly streamlines the regulatory permitting process compared to the traditional project-by-project approach often used for public agency-wide or regional operations and maintenance (O&M) and capital improvement projects (CIP).

Hidden Habitat Implications of California’s Dry Weather

  “Project owners with pending permitting and habitat mitigation programs need to plan for potential setbacks if California’s extended dry weather continues,” said Michael Sweesy, Dudek senior habitat restoration expert. “California had its worst drought conditions in 90 years between January and May last year, and the first seasonal snow survey in early January of…

Analyzing Surface Water Issues During Solar Site Evaluations

  Analyzing surface water issues when evaluating a solar site for development can play a pivotal role in successfully entitling, permitting and operating a project.  The following outlines three key considerations. Thorough Hydrology and Hydraulics Due Diligence. Hydrology and hydraulics analysis during site evaluation should go beyond a simple FEMA flood plain review.  A thorough…

The Advantages of Progammatic Permitting

  Progammatic permitting can reduce mitigation costs, cut staff and consultant time, reduce or eliminate resource agency permit reviews, and minimize risk to a project’s schedule and budget. Programmatic permits provides cities, counties, and utilities a way to significantly streamline regulatory permitting for projects that can have potential temporary or permanent impacts to state and federal…

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