Impact Assessments and Evaluations
The paper trail can be a long and arduous one, fraught with pitfalls, roadblocks and stop signs. There are many consultants that can produce due diligent data impact assessments and evaluations: Those that can create them for a reasonable price are few. We can.
Why Work With Us?
We can produce impact assessments or evaluations for literally one-third to one-half the cost of other consultants. Tell us about your project and find out how.
Subject Matter Expertise
Impact Assessments and Evaluations
Picture this: The County in which you live has just added these requirements to your land use permits.
The water usage identified in permit application and the mitigation measures approved are based on inaccurate, incomplete data. The potential impact on the groundwater for neighboring properties resulting from this miscalculation is significant.· The County needs to conduct a thorough and objective water usage study prior to determining the proper offset on vineyard removal so as not to negatively impact the water basin.
Noxious Odor Management
The management system proposed to mitigate noxious odors produced during cannabis cultivation is based solely on information provided by the sales brochure for the manufacture of the greenhouse. No outside verification is included to support the claims that the system is effective. The County needs to conduct a more thorough evaluation of this system in light of the water source impacting operation of the system and potential impact of chemical residue prior to approving the cultivation permit.
The Planning Commission approved the mitigation measures for noise generated by the odor management and cooling systems proposed despite clear data that the noise levels directly violate the nighttime County maximum noise standards and are likely to violate daytime maximums. The Planning Commission chooses to leave it up to code enforcement to resolve any issues. An independent and objective Noise Analysis Study should include a complete analysis of the impact of topology on noise levels at the property lines. ,
Another project component is the required upgrade of the site access off of Airport Road. Per referral response from Public Works, the applicant is required to upgrade the primary access from Airport Road to meet current County driveway standards for rural roads. The applicant proposes to reconstruct the existing site access driveway approach in accordance with County drawings C-4 rural driveway and A-5 series sight distance standards. To analyze potential impacts, a trip generation report was prepared by CCT Consulting. This report, however, was not sufficient to establish specific project compliance with Section 00.00.000.C.1 of the County Land Use Ordinance: The report was too general to establish that the project will not have an adverse impact on local traffic patterns. The County needs to conduct a more thorough evaluation of the actual impact on local traffic patterns.
Additional Services: Accountability documentation, Profitability studies, Financial analysis, Transit-oriented development, Adaptive reuse, Remedial action studies, Safety studies, Compliance studies, Market studies
The Consultancy Dilemma
Now What: What are my options?
Whether or not you agree with the County's decision, you still need to produce this documentation if you want to be permitted. The most obvious solution is to hire a environmental consultant specializing in water use and noxious odors; an acoustical engineer; and, a traffic consultant.
We researched and developed the studies for each of these and each was accepted by the County. In addition, the County now requires that all studies of this type be presented in the format we used and with the same level of detail. Will the response be the same for everyone? Of course not. But we are willing to work with your intended audience--e.g., an investor or government agency--to ensure their acceptance of what we produce.
What We Can Do For You
Impact Assessments and Evaluations; Technical Writing
A Sampling of Our Services
Water management studies
Odor mitigation studies
Business requirements documentation
Economic development studies
What do our clients look like?
- Individuals in need of a quality of life study that shows the impact of noise or pollution or traffic.
- Civic, county or state agencies that need quality of life studies.
- Individuals, businesses, nonprofits or government agencies in need of an economic analysis or feasibility study or impact study.
- Attorneys in need of responses to government requests for evidence (RFEs).
- Businesses, nonprofits or government agencies that need their market or constituents surveyed and analyzed.
- Businesses or nonprofits that need market studies.
- International in origin.