Stanford had initiated a native meadow restoration project in fulfillment of an EIR condition but the project had not met its objectives. Instead, the meadow was dominated by non-native species and there was little evidence of native grasses. We conducted seeding and planting trials while guiding the project through the local planning process. With the results of the trials in hand, the project was allowed to proceed and native grassland planting commenced. The planting proved successful, leading to the involvement of non-profit and community groups to continue its stewardship into the future. The project was so successful that the Stanford Pow Wow enlisted our services to restore a native meadow dance circle, a project completed with the students and ultimately by the Pow Wow participants.
Zentner Planning and Ecology completed entitlements for a 36-unit subdivision in the El Sobrante part of the City of Richmond. The project began initially as part of a Mitigation Bank program but we realized that the lower approximately 20-acre part of the site was better suited for a residential development. Accordingly, we processed a General Plan amendment and zoning change and, with the City, completed EIR and Tentative Tract Map approvals for the project. Key to receiving these approvals was our outreach work with the neighbors; as part of the project, we persuaded the local mass transit agency to run its buses down the primary thoroughfare adjacent to our site rather than along neighborhood streets. Canyon Oaks then became the largest housing project approved in this area for more than a decade.
Clayton Regency is a mobile home park in rural eastern Contra Costa County. The County developed a plan to provide the park with a permanent supply of potable water through a water line extension. However, the extension was controversial as no other landowners along the 3-mile line would be served. This was one of the first projects to go through the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan planning and permitting process. We helped the client and the County resolve conflicts between the HCP and CEQA and fulfill the County’s objectives.