Environmental + Planning Services
NorthStar’s Environmental and Regulatory Support Team is dedicated to providing guidance, environmental and planning services, and biological and technical studies to a wide range of both public and private sector clients. With over 50 years of experience, our team applies industry-leading knowledge and techniques to both small- and large-scale site assessments and analysis. We are prepared to assist you with any project, including those with complex regulatory requirements. Our scientists and planners can assist you with due-diligence and support for property acquisitions and expedite your project through the permit process.
NorthStar’s Environmental and Planning team has long-standing relationships with regulatory agencies in addition to their in-depth understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This allows us to help our clients navigate an ever-changing regulatory climate, to obtain permits, or to resolve violations when they occur.
Some questions we can help you answer include:
- What types of permits or environmental documents do I need to develop my property?
- I have an idea for developing a property. Is this kind of project allowed by local zoning regulations?
- Does my property, or a property I am interested in purchasing, have environemntal constriants such as rare plants or animals?
- What is a SWPPP and when do I need one?
- I have received a notice of violation from a federal, state, or local agency, what do I do now?
Planning and Project Approvals:
Site Analysis and Due Dilligence Assistance
Zoning Analysis and Conflict Resolution
Project Entitlement Applications, including:
- Use permits
- Design Review
Client Representation and General Consultation
All Local Discretionary Development Permits
Clean Water Act 404 Nationwide Permit
Clean Water Act 401 Water Quality Certification
Fish and Game Code Section 1602 Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement
Fish and Game Code Section 1652 Habitat Restoration or Enhancement
Fish and Game Code 2081 Incidental Take Permit
Fish and Game Code 2080.1 Consistency Determination
Rivers and Harbors Act Section 408 Permission
Central Valley Flood Protection Board Permitting
Client Representation with Federal, State, and Local Agencies
Federal and State Environemtnal Review:
Initial Studies/Negative Declarations
Environmental Impact Reports
Findings of No Significant Impacts (‘FONSI’)
Notice of Exemptions
Listed Species Services:
Raptors and Migratory Non-game Birds
Giant Garter Snake
Western Pond Turtle
Foothill Yellow Legged Frog
California Tiger Salamander
Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle
Vernal Pool Crustaceans
Butte County Meadow Foam
Biological Resources Assessments
Natural Environmental Studies for Caltrans Projects
Fisheries Surveys and Analysis
Bird and Wildlife Surveys
Environmental/Biological Construction Monitoring
Mitigation Compliance and Implementation