Besides local government entitlement, land development projects routinely require permits from regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Coastal Commission, and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The presence of waters or wetlands at a project site will typically require securing a Clean Water Act 404 permit from the Army Corps, a 401 Water Quality Certification from the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and sometimes a 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. JWA actively engages with these agencies early in a project’s design and development phase, and clients benefit from early identification of constraints, issues, and mitigation requirements.

Federally and state-listed endangered species present at a development site can also pose a challenge. JWA was instrumental in preparing the regional San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) and Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) that provide a blueprint assuring development while avoiding areas of sensitive habitat and species. JWA routinely works with the agencies to avoid and mitigate project impacts to endangered species. This work includes negotiating Safe Harbor agreements, Incidental Take Permits, Habitat Conservation Plans, and coordinating less impactful project footprints.