Planning Permitting and Environmental Compliance Consulting


LACO’s Planning Team provides planning and permitting assistance for land development and infrastructure projects throughout Eureka, Ukiah, Santa Rosa, Chico and surrounding areas. Whether you are planning to build a subdivision, considering commercial tenant improvements, or preparing land for farming or business, we’re here to help you navigate the planning and permitting process.

Our team members have prepared more than 1,000 environmental planning and permitting documents. Our approach to planning focuses on achieving practical win-win solutions, with broad community support, and a clear path toward implementation. We leverage our firm’s technical expertise and longstanding relationships with regional experts to design projects that are technically grounded and achievable, an asset in communicating with regulatory agencies. Our approach improves the likelihood and turnaround time for regulatory approval of your project. 

Our team, which includes certified Planners has accomplishments in completing the following:

  • CEQA environmental compliance documents including:
    • Categorical Exemptions, Initial Studies
    • Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)
    • Mitigation plans
  • NEPA environmental compliance documents including:
    • Categorical Exclusions
    • Environmental Assessments (EAs)
    • Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs)
  • Master Site Plans
    • Community Planning
    • General/specific plans
    • Development code
    • Residential and commercial subdivisions
    • Conditional use permits
    • Entitlements
    • Coastal Commission plans
    • Development feasibility analyses and identification of constraints and opportunities

We are also prepared to provide the following special studies and services:

  • Traffic Impact Studies, Transportation Analysis, and Traffic impact fee calculations
  • Air Quality Impact analysis including CalEEMod modeling and greenhouse gas emissions quantitative and qualitative reviews
  • Noise Impact Analysis
  • Water availability assessments and on-site wastewater treatment system analysis
  • Public outreach processes including design charrettes, public scoping, and visioning

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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

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Portrait of Meghan Ryan

Meghan Ryan

Ms. Meghan Ryan joined LACO in 2016 with ten years of professional land use planning experience. Her career started as a Planner for Humboldt County,

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Rebecca Dalske, AICP

Ms. Rebecca “Becky” Dalske joined LACO Associates (LACO) in late 2016 with prior experience in environmental compliance for a renewable power company in Santiago, Chile.

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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

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Megan Marruffo

Ms. Megan Marruffo joined LACO’s Planning team in 2015 with prior professional experience in both land use and environmental planning, and currently serves as a

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Samantha Thomas

Ms. Samantha Thomas joined LACO Associates in February 2017 with prior professional experience in community planning and public outreach. As an Associate Planner, she has

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