Housing Specialists

We are here to serve as a bridge between concept and design, allowing local jurisdictions to define the parameters of their housing development and pursue housing which fits the needs, character, and context of their communities. By taking control of the design process, jurisdictions can develop the community vision into project documents ready for competitive bid, resulting in a larger pool of contractors. This approach to housing development will lead to more economical projects which reflect our communities. Get to know our team and please give us a call to discuss your project concepts. Together, we can advance the quality of life for generations to come.

Overview

The statewide housing shortage in California has led to unprecedented efforts by State and local government to spur housing production. This push for housing development has resulted in significant changes in approach to housing production, with the State now enforcing housing element compliance much more strictly and issuing new requirements for streamlining housing approval. However, in many instances, jurisdictions lack the necessary staffing and in-house expertise to initiate and conceptualize housing developments that their communities need. This puts jurisdictions in challenging positions as they seek to encourage housing development in their communities but remain at the whim of housing developers to accomplish large-scale activities. This can result in projects which start with one vision and shift to another as the design progresses and developers prioritize changes to the project which ensure the developers’ bottom line but don’t always meet community goals. Or worse, RFPs for housing projects go unanswered.

After seeing this process play out consistently in the communities we serve, LACO is keenly aware of the challenges local jurisdictions face. We set out to find a solution that gives cities and counties the ability to take a leading role in housing development in their communities. We recognize that local jurisdictions do not typically develop housing, but we can help you develop and design housing projects that turn your community’s vision into reality. LACO’s team offers one of a kind service, doing it the way you want, and can partner with agency staff to help support projects wherever capacity or expertise are lacking internally, resulting in projects the Community and City or County leaders can be proud of.

Services

  • Property Inventorying
  • Conceptual Design
  • CEQA Analysis and Compliance
  • Pro Forma and Market Analysis
  • Project Financing
    • Funding applications (grants & loans) – local, state, federal agencies & private foundations
    • Financial Proforma Analysis
    • NEPA Environmental Clearance – Federal Funding Requirement
  • Design Development
  • Cost Estimating
  • Construction Plans and Bid Documents
  • Bid Support

Request A Quote

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Meet Our Team

Portrait of Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson, AICP

Mr. Michael Nelson has over 18 years of professional planning experience and currently serves as LACO Associates’ President. Mr. Nelson has extensive experience in project

View Profile »
Portrait of Bruce Shimizu

Bruce Shimizu

Mr. Bruce Shimizu has over 30 years of experience in housing development in Northern California and Hawaii. He is an experienced land planner, site designer,

View Profile »
Portrait of Kevin Doble, Regional Manager

Kevin Doble

Mr. Kevin Doble is the Director of Business Development for LACO Associates, and Ukiah Regional Manager. Additionally, he is a Senior Project Manager, Government Relations,

View Profile »
Portrait of Christine Manhart

Christine Manhart, PG, CHG

Ms. Christine Manhart is a Company Principal and Certified Hydrogeologist who leads the Eureka geologists and environmental technicians. In her professional career, she has prepared

View Profile »
Portrait of Byron Turner

Byron Turner

Mr. Byron Turner brings 20 years of experience as a Planner and Project Manager to LACO Associates. Mr. Turner most recently served as the Principal

View Profile »
Portrait of Bradley Thomas

Bradley Thomas, PLS

Mr. Bradley Thomas, Vice President of Land Surveying, has been a California Licensed Land Surveyor since 1984. Brad began his career as a land surveying

View Profile »
Portrait of Rod Wilburn

Rodney Wilburn, PE

Mr. Wilburn has decades of experience as a technical leader, delivering well-managed design and engineering projects. He has a proven ability to plan, manage, and

View Profile »
Portrait of Jordan Blough

Jordan Blough

Mr. Jordan Blough has worked as a professional consultant for the past five years, with a focus on economic development for the past three. Mr.

View Profile »

Gallery

LACO LiDAR

The Future of Surveying LACO’s drone and vehicle mounted LiDAR sensor and photogrammetry equipment allows us to visually observe and assess land features, conduct surveys,

Read More »

County of Humboldt

LACO’s planners assist County planning staff in processing cannabis permits from project opening to decision. Our vast experience with contract planning and special projects for

Read More »

County of Mendocino

Following the 2017 Redwood Complex Fire, which destroyed over 350 homes in Redwood Valley, the County of Mendocino requested support from LACO Associates to navigate

Read More »
Skip to content