Planning and Permitting

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SHN’s clients who need planning services generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Public agency or municipal staff such as City Managers, Public Works Directors, and City/County Planners
  • Private sector representatives or business owners, including real estate developers, ranchers and farmers, construction company managers, and forest products manufacturers

Whether public or private, people needing planning services are often facing complex and intertwined problems such as scheduling and funding/financial pressures, adjacent landowners’ concerns, regulatory hurdles, and controversy from parties not supporting the project.  Our solutions are based on 30+ years of planning experience, providing options, strategies, and contingencies. 

We develop alternatives for clients and alert them to decision points at the right time, so that we are anticipating and responding—not reacting—to issues and problems that arise during project development.

Environmental permitting is location specific.  SHN’s primary planning and permitting experience is in California and Oregon, although we do have some experience in Washington.  Environmental permitting common to California and Oregon includes:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, FONSIs, EISs, mitigation design
  • Federal regulatory permitting, such as:
  • US Army Corps permitting (Section 404 Clean Water Act, Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act) (see also Environmental Services)
  • National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife Federal Endangered Species Act compliance (see also Biological Sciences)

Specific to California, environmental permitting often includes:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions, initial studies, mitigated negative declarations, EIRs, mitigation monitoring and reporting programs
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreements (State Fish and Game Code Section 1600 and 1602 compliance)
  • Regional Water Quality Control Board permitting (Section 401 Clean Water Act, NPDES, WDRs, stormwater compliance) (see also Environmental Services)
  • California Coastal Act, Local Coastal Programs, Coastal Development Permit applications
  • California Endangered Species Act compliance (see also Biological Sciences)

Specific to Oregon, environmental permitting often includes:

  • Department of State Lands removal-fill permits
  • Department of State Lands Use of State-owned Waterways authorizations
  • Department of Environmental Quality permitting (Section 401 Clean Water Act, NPDES, Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF), stormwater compliance (see also Environmental Services)
  • Land Use Compatibility Statements
  • Coastal Management Program’s consistency review with federal permits and activities
  • NEPA environmental documents and Federal Cross-cutters

Municipal planning is another aspect of SHN’s expertise.  We act as extensions of planning staff and assist city and county planning departments with their:

  • Land use feasibility studies and permits, General Plan and zoning amendments
  • Economic and community development planning, including grant funding and loan assistance
  • Community enhancement planning, traditional neighborhood design, growth boundaries
  • Traffic calming and safety (see also Civil Engineering)
  • Bikeways and walkways

In April 2016, Streamline Planning Consultants and SHN merged to strengthen SHN’s planning capabilities and better serve our clients, especially in municipal planning.  SHN now maintains an office in Arcata, CA where Streamline’s offices were formerly located.

 

 

 

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