Land Use Planning

Kevin Doble is our Senior Project Manager and is responsible for strategic planning and government relations work within the firm. Kevin can be reached in Ukiah by phoning (707) 472-0541 and in Healdsburg by phoning (707) 433-6792 x 103.

DobleThomas takes great pride in our government agency working relationships. These long term relationships enable us to efficiently manage the permit process and avoid costly delays in the approval process. Our clients, such as Orrin Thiessen, pictured, have come to rely on our expertise in these matters.

Photo by, JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat, All rights reserved

Land use planning is the term used for a branch of public policy encompassing various disciplines which seek to order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way, thus preventing land use conflicts. Governments use land use planning to manage the development of land within their jurisdictions. In doing so, the governmental unit can plan for the needs of the community while safeguarding natural resources. To this end, it is the systematic assessment of land and water potential, alternatives for land use, and economic and social conditions in order to select and adopt the best land-use options. Often one element of a comprehensive plan, a land use plan provides a vision for the future possibilities of development in neighborhoods, districts, cities, or any defined planning area.

Permit Processing

A construction permit or building permit is a permit required in most jurisdictions for new construction, or adding on to pre-existing structures, and in some cases for major renovations. Generally, the new construction must be inspected during construction and after completion to ensure compliance with national, regional, and local building codes. Failure to obtain a permit can result in significant fines and penalties, and even demolition of unauthorized construction if it cannot be made to meet code.