Stormwater runoff is one of the fastest-growing sources of pollution in the United States. The solution to improving stormwater runoff requires every community to put a renewed focus on managing stormwater effectively before it’s introduced back to natural water systems. Whether you are worried about flooding or are confronted with water closures due to contamination, let’s walk through how...
Last September, when New York City Mayor Eric Adams presented his City of Yes for Housing Opportunity proposal, I saw it as an exciting step forward for New York and for the people who live and work here. One of the most promising initiatives focuses on converting underused commercial space to housing, an important step toward addressing the long-standing challenge of housing scarcity in New...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has published a notice in the Federal Register regarding their intention to change the way they look at impacts to cultural resources. Since 1990 the Corps has followed Appendix C in lieu of implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Section 106 compels all federal agencies to consider the effects of their undertakings on...
Virginia is in the final stages of its efforts to consolidate regulations, issue a new stormwater management handbook, revise the Virginia Runoff Reduction Method (VRRM) spreadsheet, and issue new Construction and Industrial General Permits. Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) staff are involved in the update processes and are evaluating the implications for your projects and...
Did you hear about the new rules regarding sidewalk cafes and open restaurant regulations in NYC? If you’re running a restaurant, coffee shop, or pub, you don’t want to miss the newest sidewalk cafe and open restaurant rules. Want to keep your outdoor seating the way it is? Our latest blog post below is a complete guide to help you cruise through the new regulations affecting your outdoor...
One frequent question we get, particularly for folks purchasing waterfront parcels is: Can I have a dock? We love docks, many of us in the office are boaters, surfers and sailors, and we recognize the benefits of having a dock. It is the Ocean State, after all. The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors that cover both regulatory and practical considerations. This blog post...
Let’s be honest, air quality is probably the last thing on your mind. You have products to move, an entire workforce to manage, purchase orders to issue, marketing, sales, clients to keep happy, bosses to keep happy, shareholders to keep happy, and you’re taking your kid to soccer practice at 6pm. Then you get a surprise investigation from the department of environmental quality. You find out...
Are you trying to get a sign permit? Buckle up for success! Let’s dive into the essential insights that you should keep in mind while applying for a permit to maximize your chance of successful, trouble-free and on-time permit approval. A. Study the design: It is very important to study your design and understand what you or your client is actually wanting. You should keep in mind the big...
It's crucial for businesses and individuals to be aware of and adhere to the local zoning regulations to avoid legal issues and ensure that their signs comply with the rules of a particular area. It's important to refer to the specific zoning regulations and sign ordinances of the local jurisdiction for precise guidance. Adhering to the sign regulations will make the permit process hassle free...
Have you ever considered living in a tiny home? Maybe within a tiny home community? Or, maybe you want to establish your very own tiny home community? If any of this is of interest to you, you will need to know the requirements & permitting process for all of the above. First, where do you plan to set up your tiny home? Rules & regulations will be different depending on where you live...
Since 2015, there have been more than a dozen regulatory or litigation actions changing which definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) applies in one or more states. This includes the recent Sackett Supreme Court decision and subsequent Conforming Rule that was made effective September 8 of this year. Amongst the continual changes to administration policy and patchwork injunctions...
Review for the City of Poway Building Department: 2/5 stars. The city of Poway suffers from numerous permitting issues for homeowners, including but not limited to: 1. Access issues. This can be a problem anywhere, but any time there is a dispute between a city and homeowners in an area about whether a road should be privately owned or city maintained, the city will try to use this dispute to...
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