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Planning, Permitting, and Environmental Compliance Consulting

This is a water color rendering of a conceptual site design for a trail in Eureka, CA. We provide planning, permitting, and environmental compliance for urban and rural land development projects.

LACO’s Planning Team provides planning and permitting assistance for land development and infrastructure projects throughout Eureka, Ukiah, Santa Rosa, and the surrounding Redwood Coast. Whether you are planning to build a subdivision, considering commercial tenant improvements, or building an addition to your home, we are here to help you navigate the planning and permitting process.


Our planning consultants have over 70 years of combined experience and our team members have prepared over 700 environmental planning and permitting documents. LACO has four AICP certified planners, the most qualified team on the Redwood Coast. Our approach to planning focuses on achieving practical win-win solutions, with broad community support, and a clear path toward implementation. We leverage our firm’s technical expertise and longstanding relationships with regional experts to design projects that are technically grounded and achievable, an asset in communicating with regulatory agencies. Our approach improves the likelihood and turnaround time for regulatory approval of your project. 

Our team, which includes certified Planners has accomplishments in completing the following:

  • CEQA environmental compliance documents including:
    • Categorical Exemptions, Initial Studies
    • Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)
    • Mitigation plans
  • NEPA environmental compliance documents including:
    • Categorical Exclusions
    • Environmental Assessments (EAs)
    • Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs)
  • Master Site Plans
    • Community Planning
    • General/specific plans
    • Development code
    • Residential and commercial subdivisions
    • Conditional use permits
    • Entitlements
    • Coastal Commission plans
    • Development feasibility analyses and identification of constraints and opportunities


We are also prepared to provide the following special studies and services:

  • Traffic Impact Studies, Transportation Analysis, and Traffic impact fee calculations
  • Air Quality Impact analysis including CalEEMod modeling and greenhouse gas emissions quantitative and qualitative reviews
  • Noise Impact Analysis
  • Water availability assessments and on-site wastewater treatment system analysis
  • Public outreach processes including design charrettes, public scoping, and visioning


LACO has the in-house capacity to complete small surveying projects such as tentative and final maps, and is accustomed to working with subcontractors to provide full survey services for larger development projects such as subdivisions.  LACO's surveying experience includes small, one lot boundary surveys as well as larger subdivision and land development projects.  We provide GIS services including LIDAR data analysis and modeling.  Our drafters create mapping products using the data collected by surveyors and the designs generated by our engineers.  LACO's mapping staff is highly trained in their use of AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  This seamless integration between the data collection process and mapping production allows for professional, economical deliverables.