Balancing Project Goals               While Protecting the Environment

We help government agencies, tribes, and non-profit groups protect and enhance natural resources, while accommodating existing or planned land uses. Informed by sound science and GIS analysis, our planners take into account a community’s culture and unique needs to provide guidance for future planning.

We also apply our deep understanding of local, state, and federal permitting requirements to help clients save time and money on projects of all sizes.

Our Planning and Permitting Services Include:

  • Critical Area Permits and Mitigation Planning

  • Critical Area Ordinances

  • EIS Discipline Reports

  • Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compliance

  • FEMA BIOp Compliance Assistance

  • Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

  • Land Use Permitting

  • Long-Range Planning and Comprehensive Plans

  • NEPA and SEPA Compliance

  • Programmatic Permits

  • Restoration Planning

  • Section 401 Water Quality Certification, Coastal Zone Management Determination for Washington Department of Ecology

  • Section 404 Permits and Section 10 Permits for Corps

  • Shoreline Master Programs

  • Shoreline Permits and Variances

  • Urban Wildlife Management Planning

  • Voluntary Stewardship Programs

  • Washington Department of Natural Resources Authorization to Use State Owned Aquatic Lands

  • Water Rights Withdrawals


Guiding Responsible development across Washington

Check out this listing of Critical Area Ordinances (CAO), Shoreline Master Programs (SMP), and Voluntary Stewardship Programs (VSP) we have completed across the state.

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