Effectively Negotiating Environmental Permits

Michael Sweesy, RLA,  leads Dudek’s native habitat restoration practice and Sherri Miller manages the firm’s biology practice. They have extensive experience negotiating environmental permits with resource agencies on behalf of private and public clients with development projects in California.  The following are their insights on effective negotiating.

Missed Pre-Construction Deadlines? We Can Help!

  Missing the February deadline to clear vegetation at pre-construction sites prior to bird nesting season doesn’t need to put the project on hold until September 15 when nesting season ends. To avoid potential construction delays, vegetation should be cleared at pre-construction sites prior to the breeding season because destroying a bird nest or causing…

Soil Remediation for Agricultural Land Development

  Soil remediation for developing California’s agricultural fields often requires a Removal Action Workplan (RAW) setting target concentrations so each chemical contaminant is reduced to an acceptable level for human health. A multi-family residential development proposed on a former 15-acre Placer County orchard illustrates how an environmental impact report (EIR) can effectively address both the…

How To Negotiate Environmental Permits

  Negotiating favorable, “project appropriate” conditions for your environmental permits will help avoid costly consequences, such as construction delays, tied-up bonding capacity, and needless years of extra site mitigation, monitoring and maintenance. To avoid unnecessary costs, we advise our clients to carefully review the draft permit sent from the agencies and to carefully develop a…

Environmental Permitting For A Complex Downtown Plan

  When the City of San Marcos received environmental permits to move forward with its 214-acre downtown specific plan built around San Marcos Creek, it culminated 12 years of complex environmental planning and permitting to effectively integrate  water quality and native habitat preservation with the development.   Dudek served as the City’s lead environmental consultant.  …

Streamlining Coastal Permitting for Public Works

  Public Works Plans (PWPs) are an innovative — but little known approach — to streamlining California Coastal Commission permitting for qualifying public projects. A PWP provides a comprehensive permit vehicle for obtaining Commission approval of large or phased public works projects in place of the usual project-by-project permit application process. Time and expense savings…

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