Planning and Permitting

planning permitting topOpportunity for multi-use trail along Humboldt Bay

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944)

At SHN, we recognize the importance of strategy, contingencies, and relative risks when planning projects.  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 agency requests or requirements.

Clients find our services particularly useful in the initial planning stage, because we can identify aspects of the project (for example, construction noise, aesthetics, presence of special status species, potential for finding archaeological artifacts) that will be very difficult to permit, but that can be avoided or minimized by slight changes in the project. 

Conveying planning information requires excellent communication skills and trusted relationships.  Our environmental scientists, engineers, and planners have many years of experience and relationships with agency staff built over time.  Our graphics, aerial photographs, and video products convey the project better than hundreds of words, and we use these tools in resource agency hearings and presentations.

The following is a partial list of SHN’s planning and permitting services:

  • CDFW permitting (Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements)
  • US Army Corps permitting (Section 404 Clean Water Act, Section 10 Rivers and Harbors Act)
  • RWQCB permitting (Section 401 Clean Water Act, NPDES, WDRs)
  • California Coastal Act, Local Coastal Programs, Coastal Development Permit applications
  • State and Federal Endangered Species Act compliance (Oregon and California)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions, initial studies, mitigated negative declarations, EIRs, mitigation design
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) exclusions, environmental assessments, FONSIs, EISs, mitigation design
  • Oregon Department of State Lands resource regulations
  • Land use permits, General Plan and zoning amendments
  • Economic and community development assistance, including grant funding and loan assistance
  • Community enhancement planning; traditional neighborhood design
  • Traffic calming and safety (see also Civil Engineering)
  • Bikeways and walkways
  • Urban stream restoration (see also Biological Sciences)




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