Real Estate & Land Use - Project Management & Planning

Van Ness Feldman’s land use planners work closely with the firm's lawyers in a rare, in-house collaboration. The synergy of this relationship produces unusually creative, cost-effective solutions that emphasize results over process.

A full range of planning services includes strategy formulation and project management; feasibility studies and permitting alternatives; acquisition and management of entitlements; long-range planning, project expediting and implementation; regulatory due diligence and environmental compliance; code development advocacy; residential site plan and community design; and sustainable development and green building.

Clients benefit from the planning team's unique perspective and diverse experience gained from years of service to both public- and private-sector clients. A deep understanding of public policy issues and the changing regulatory landscape allows the team to present clear options and honest assessments of risks and benefits.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT, PERMITTING & ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

Van Ness Feldman emphasizes early, comprehensive regulatory analysis, careful permitting strategy formulation and permit expediting to help clients achieve their land use planning goals. Up-front analysis affords innovative or alternative permitting strategies that minimize cost, time, and uncertainty. The firm's planners are leaders in collaborative project management and permitting.

  • Project management for development applications and master plans.
  • Development of feasibility studies for due diligence.
  • Preparation of regulatory compliance narratives and related documents.
  • Land use entitlements and permitting.
  • Shoreline, wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas permitting.
  • Identification, review and coordination of technical studies and environmental documents.
  • SEPA and NEPA analysis and compliance.
  • Preparation of SEPA checklists and mitigations for threshold determinations.
  • Presentations at public meetings and hearings.
  • Coordination of efforts with agency staff and concerned citizens.

PLANNING PROCESS, POLICY & CODE DEVELOPMENT

Van Ness Feldman assists public and private clients with a complete complement of advice and services pertaining to planning processes and policy and code development. A collaborative approach with all stakeholders, including governments, elected officials, builders and citizens, helps achieve clients' goals effectively and efficiently.

  • Strategic advice for plan adoption and amendments
  • Comprehensive and sub-area plans
  • Growth Management Act compliance
  • Zoning and development regulations
  • SEPA and shoreline master programs
  • Land use development review procedures
  • Impact fee and mitigation fee programs
  • Community engagement and facilitation

SITE PLANNING, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT & URBAN DESIGN

Van Ness Feldman offers a full range of community and urban design services to private and public clients to help create memorable, functional, walkable, people-friendly neighborhoods that respond to their site's natural and built context.

  • Residential and commercial site design
  • Design guidelines
  • Design and permit review for public jurisdictions
  • Pedestrian-oriented street design
  • Neo-traditional urban design and smart growth techniques.


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Professionals

Michael D. Farber

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1803

mfarber@vnf.com / vCard

David G. Van Skike

Senior Land Use Planner

Seattle

206.623.9372

dvs@vnf.com / vCard