Your community has a distinct character, and your land use and environmental policies should reflect these values. Our tested and proven approaches ensure this happens, incorporating stakeholder and public outreach and creating understandable technical documents to serve as a reliable road map to achieving your community’s goals.
It’s like working a puzzle…assessing the diverse concerns and goals of stakeholders, looking for commonalities, bridging the gaps and defining the edges. And while it may not always be clear in the beginning what the outcome will be, all the pieces assemble to create a complete picture.
Environmental regulations and permitting are embedded into much of today’s land use actions. We have a team that understands the intricacies and pitfalls in each process and we take a practical approach for addressing the issues. Whether it is a SEPA checklist, NEPA review, or an Environmental Assessment or Impact Statement, our staff is skilled in satisfying both project proponents and review agencies and creating a strong foundation for obtaining project approval.
Permitting can be complex, confusing and time consuming. We know the regulations, the process, and the people at the local, state, and federal level. Leverage SCJ’s knowledge and long-standing relationships to obtain your required permits in an efficient and streamlined fashion. We have years of experience permitting projects across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We have developed critical relationships with agency staff, allowing projects to start with a strong foundation of trust.
We know that the challenges facing local government are increasingly complex and interconnected, and complicated by limited resources and time. SCJ’s strength is in not only our recognition of these issues, but in our first-hand experience working as staff in small and mid-sized cities throughout the region. We have broad expertise in the preparation of land use regulations and zoning codes, and seek innovative but practical answers to development proposals. We are committed to partnering with you, anticipating your needs and achieving your community objectives.