EMC Planning Group has a long, rich history in providing all aspects of staffing support for government agencies. Since its founding in 1978, EMC Planning Group’s goal has been to assist communities and special districts (including school districts) that need direct and responsive staff support, whether that means taking on specific larger projects or dealing with the day-to-day processing of applications and meetings. The firm recently helped short-staffed cities process commercial site plan reviews, subdivisions, and major annexations, and can take on a small or large role as best fits the jurisdiction’s needs. EMC Planning Group personnel offer a diverse range of professional experience and technical expertise from both sides of the counter. Through its balanced and extensive experience, EMC Planning Group understands public agency needs, which is the foremost key to delivering effective services.

Municipal Staff Support Services

  • Application processing, project management, and Permit Streamlining Act compliance
  • Representation in meetings with agencies, applicants, tribes, and other outside parties
  • Coordination of project review with other departments within the jurisdiction
  • Facilitation of public workshops
  • CEQA and NEPA compliance
  • Preparation of CEQA guidelines and thresholds of significance
  • Preparation of standard conditions of approval
  • Noticing in accordance with the California Public Resource Code regarding CEQA and the Brown Act in California Government Code
  • Preparation of agenda packets, including staff reports, findings and evidence, resolutions, ordinances, and conditions of approval
  • Public hearing presentations
  • Condition implementation and mitigation monitoring


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