Planning / Land Use
QK’s expertise in land use and policy planning helps clients with complex projects and then proposes common sense solutions. Our planning staff is accustomed to policy planning consulting services for both the public and private sectors. Many of our staff have experience in public sector planning, working for cities and counties.
QK understands the significant task of guiding a project, plan, or study from concept to reality. Our policy plans promote efficient and sustainable land development, incorporate development and redevelopment patterns that optimize existing infrastructure investments, and consume less land that can then remain available for agriculture, open space, and natural systems.
Our planning staff has a successful track record of leaders’ and residents’ support for their community’s plans. QK’s planners benefit our clients by understanding the interests of stakeholders and residents. Our experience includes:
- General Plan Updates
- Zoning Codes – Both Traditional and Form Based Codes
- Land Use Master Planning
- Site Planning
- Specific Plans
- Community Plans
- Corridor Plans
- Design Guidelines and Development Standards
- Williamson Act Administration
- LAFCo Municipal Service Reviews and Sphere of Influence Reports
- LAFCo Changes of Organization (Annexations, etc.)
- On-site and On-call Planning Department Support/Extension of City Staff
Public Outreach/Stakeholder Participation
After more than 40 years of helping clients build and live in the environments they’re dreaming of, we have learned that winning the imagination of the community and its leaders is as important as the project itself, whether it is a Specific Plan or a comprehensive General Plan Update. Our ability to envision what the community wants means the planning document is approved with strong public support. A successful planning document encourages responsible growth, while avoiding additional time and expense for future revisions.
Walking audits and walking tours can be a very powerful workshop tool for visioning vacant sites and redesigning built environments. First popularized in the late 1980s by Dan Burden, these 45-minute to three-hour “hands-on” events can be fun, democratic, educational, and visionary to its participants. While a walking audit or tour is often used to discover pedestrian concerns regarding walking conditions, it can also be a successful tool to gather ideas for visioning, land use, urban design, public safety, and many other facets of a neighborhood’s or district’s qualities and character.
Quad Knopf also uses bus tours and SWOT analyses. The SWOT analysis looks at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to improvements of a selected site, neighborhood, building, block, street or corridor along the bus tour route.
QK generates public awareness, understanding of, and general consensus of key planning concerns. No one is better at aligning stakeholders behind a common set of interests. We help our clients get everyone on the same page. Our outreach experience includes:
- Task Force and Advisory Committee Meeting Facilitation
- Stakeholder Interviews
- Public Participation Plans
- Walking Tours/Bus Tours
- Turning Point Real Time Surveys
- Design Charettes
- Public Open Houses
- Visioning Workshops
- Public Hearings
Planning / Environmental
QK’s skilled planning professionals help our public and private sector clients balance environmental protection with the social, technical, and economic benefits of each project. During the past 40 years, QK has. We use a sensible approach to address environmental concerns with innovative, cost-effective solutions.
QK’s environmental planning staff has prepared over 4,000 CEQA and NEPA environmental documents that successfully meet project objectives and schedules while complying with ever changing environmental regulations.
We advocate on behalf of our clients to help bring about the best possible outcome. We firmly believe that our partnership helps produce a better quality of life. QK’s team of environmental planners is well versed in the preparation of the following:
- Environmental Impact Reports (EIR)
- Initial Studies
- Negative Declarations/Mitigated Negative Declarations
- Categorical Exemptions
- Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
- Environmental Assessments (EA)/Findings of No Significant Impacts (FONSI)
- Categorical Exclusions
- Air Quality Assessments
- Cultural Resource Assessments
- Mitigation Monitoring & Reporting Plans and Programs
- Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)
- Water Supply Assessments
- Global Climate Change Evaluation/Greenhouse Gas
- Technical Documents in Support of NEPA Compliance
QK’s environmental planners have produced defensible documents that can withstand public controversy and opposition. We have a track record of substantial success in devising practical approaches to mitigating potential environmental concerns. We have also developed and maintained strong relationships with federal and State regulatory agencies and their staff.