Tag Archives: permitting

SDSU Mission Valley Campus Master Plan

San Diego State University (SDSU) sought to develop a world-class university campus, research center and stadium venue on the site of the SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley. A multidisciplinary consultant team prepared the master plan for the campus, including planning, technical analysis, CEQA document preparation, permitting support, and construction compliance.

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New Waters of the U.S. Definition Established by Navigable Waters Protection Rule: How your projects may be affected

On January 23, 2020, after nearly three years of intensive public outreach and engagement, including pre-proposal involvement that generated more than 6,000 recommendations and approximately 620,000 comments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” which establishes a new definition of “Waters of the U.S.”

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3 Tips for Infill Battery Energy Storage Permitting

Powin Energy’s 2-megawatt (MW)/8-MW-hour battery energy storage system (BESS) recently went online fewer than six months after the project was awarded, marking an energy industry first for the speed of battery energy storage permitting, manufacturing, installing, and commissioning of an asset of this size on a distribution feeder. Located in Irvine, California, the sys­tem provides

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How to Expedite ACOE Permitting Processes

The process of securing regulatory permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) can seem challenging and overwhelming. However, the ACOE’s goal is to earn and maintain the public’s trust and work together with applicants to improve the process. Tips for permit success Dudek regulatory specialist Laurie Monarres offers applicants five tips to expedite

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5 Steps to Faster Coastal Development Permit Approvals

Achieving California Coastal Commission (CCC) permit approval can be complicated, time consuming, and expensive. However, communication, clarity, and careful planning can expedite the permit process. Dudek offers 5 tips to ensuring efficient coastal development permit approvals. 1. Communicate promptly with the CCC. Once the project has been defined and the basic alternative analysis and any

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4 Unexpected Site Features You Might Not Know are Actually Regulated Wetlands

Manmade, moved, or maintained jurisdictional waters of the United States and/or waters of the state of California (regulated wetlands) often occur in the most unlikely places. As such, unsuspecting property owners may be lulled into a false sense of security with the notion that their improvement project is not subject to federal regulation by the

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Roadmap Eases Way for Aquaculture Permitting and Shellfish Restoration

Ventura Port District (District) is undertaking a collaborative effort to implement a permitting roadmap to bring sustainably cultivated shellfish operations to Ventura Harbor. Though there is great demand for locally sourced seafood that doesn’t harm the environment, the regulatory permitting path to allow an aquaculture operation can be difficult to discern. Successful aquaculture offers opportunities

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New USFWS Authorizations Seek to Simplify Federal MBTA Permitting

A programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) would modify enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), which protects 1,027 bird species. The PEIS will authorize incidental take of migratory birds, and will also address: a range of reasonable alternatives for authorizing incidental take; the effectiveness of measures

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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). Programmatic permits are issued on a regional basis for activities that are substantially similar in nature, and incorporate specific design requirements and conservation measures up

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Achieving Coastal Permitting Approvals Through Development of a Public Works Plan

Permitting in the California Coastal Zone can be complicated, time consuming and expensive for an applicant, particularly when seeking to implement large-scale projects that span multiple jurisdictions or require phased development. 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

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