EMC Planning Group is a full service interdisciplinary land use and environmental planning firm located in Monterey, California. Our firm has assisted public agencies and the private sector throughout California with various land use planning and environmental documentation services since 1978.

EMC Planning Group has earned a reputation for being responsive, attuned to client needs, skilled in developing and implementing strategies to meet client goals, and producing quality products. Our success is due in large part to the diverse experience, talent, and creativity of our team members. Our land use planners, environmental practitioners, biologists, archaeologists, and air quality, greenhouse gas, and energy specialists are skilled professionals who deliver practical and innovative solutions.

Our list of services include, but are not limited to:

  • Community Planning
  • Housing Elements
  • Local Coastal Programs (LCP)
  • Municipal Staff Support
  • Design Services
  • Land Use Permitting
  • CEQA/NEPA Compliance & Environmental Documentation 
  • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Analyses
  • Climate Change 
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Biological Resources, including wetland and waterway  delineations, and special-species surveys
  • Permitting and Regulatory Compliance
  • Archaeological Resources, including tribal cultural resources and consultation services and construction monitoring
EMC Planning is a State of California certified small business, and a locally-certified green business.

Our History

EMC Planning Group started out in 1978 with the name Environmental Management Consultants, with a principal focus in small city staff support and environmental compliance services.  As the firm grew, services expanded into the areas of community planning, biological resources, and permitting.  In 1987, the firm incorporated as EMC Planning Group.  While the firm continues to grow and add services based on the needs of our clients to provide the highest quality of service possible, the management structure and smaller size is retained to allow for a hands-on approach with each client and project.

Our Mission

To place quality, professional, and solution-oriented people into a team atmosphere in order to best serve our clients.

Our Culture - TEAMWORK!

EMC Planning Group is about TEAMWORK! Our firm strives to create a “human environment” where people have a voice and an impact on how the company is run, as well as taking leadership and ownership of the projects they work on.  We strive for teamwork, varied work opportunities, and a healthy work environment.