Environmental and Resource Regulation
The Loftin Firm LLP has experience with a wide range of environmental and resource regulatory issues—both as part of business compliance and community operations, and as part of land use development planning and permitting.
Environmental Regulation Attorneys
Whether it is an initial study under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), a species habitat concern under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or a federal permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA), our office assists clients in their compliance and applications to cost-effective result. By working closely with applicants, environmental consultants, and engineers, we are able to help ensure the information most beneficial to our clients gets in the record; no statutory or categorical exemption is lost, and unnecessary environmental study and review is avoided.
The Loftin Firm LLP attorneys also prepare a myriad of documents and agreements to comply with environmental conditions if imposed—including conservation agreements and easements, habitat maintenance agreements, and restrictive covenants prepared with a consciousness for the overall, long-term expense for developers, landowners, and communities.
We also help clients leverage state funding for regulatory compliance, such as grant applications and projects under the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SDWSRF), for the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Coastal Act Attorneys: California Coastal Commission and Coastal Development Permits
The Loftin Firm LLP represents property owners throughout the state in negotiation and permitting activities relating to Coastal zone resource regulation and the California Coastal Act.
Generally, if some form of entitlement is required for an improvement, development, or transfer, and property lies within five miles of the ocean, it is important to confirm whether a Coastal Development Permit will also be required—or may be asserted by the California Coastal Commission.
If a Coastal Development Permit is required for your project or transaction, consult with The Loftin Firm LLP’s experienced attorneys. By participating early in the process, our attorneys work with federal, state and local agency staff, to maximize good will and a collaborative approach toward solutions. However, our attorneys are also prepared with strategies to deal with an onslaught of conditions grounded in political or ideological differences which may overstep the limitations placed on the Coastal Commission, or local permitting bodies operating under Local Coastal Programs.
The Loftin Firm LLP works closely with applicants and consultants in advance to shape a permit application, to monitor negotiations, communications, and hearings, and to respond quickly and decisively, at hearing and via writs and appeals --to ensure the permitting body follows the law.