CEQA Experience

LAK Associates has extensive experience preparing environmental impact assessment documents under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CEQA has been a crucial component in California Planning and development ever since the Friends of Mammoth decision in 1972. Larry Kennings prepared one of the first environmental impact documents and Monoplan for Mammoth Lakes in 1973. Since that time, LAK Associates has been involved in numerous environmental impact studies for public and private clients throughout California.

LAK Associates often prepares comprehensive Initial Study documents in support of Negative and Mitigated Negative Declarations.

Recent projects are listed below:

Kaiser Permanente / 1650 Los Gamos Drive – 2016 to present

LAK Associates has been contracted by the City of San Rafael to manage a Zoning Amendment and Environmental Review for Kaiser Permanente’s proposed medical office building at Los Gamos Drive in north San Rafael.  LAK is also currently preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the  project.  Issues of concern are specific to the increased vehicle trips associated with the use. More information on the project can be found here: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/kaiser-losgamos/

OMA Village / Homeward Bound / Blu Homes, City of Novato Initial Study – 2012

LAK Associates was contracted by City of Novato to prepare an Initial Study for the for a Blu Homes prefabricated workforce housing development  in Novato, CA. LAK, as contract planners for the City, drafted the Initial Study. Environmental issues included aesthetics, traffic and circulation, air/noise/greenhouse gases, and cultural resources.

 Good Earth / Fair-Anslem Initial Study, Fairfax, CA – 2011

LAK Associates was contracted by the Town of Fairfax to prepare an Initial Study for the Good Earth grocery chain’s renovation of the existing vacant Albertson’s store at the Fair-Anslem shopping center in Fairfax, CA. LAK, as contract planners for the Town, drafted the Initial Study and represented the Town at all the public hearings for the project. Environmental issues included aesthetics, traffic and circulation, air/noise/greenhouse gases, and hydrology impacts.

Truckee West River Site Feasibility Analysis: Initial Study, Truckee, CA – 2010

LAK Associates assisted BMS Design with the Initial Study for a feasibility analysis on a City-owned vacant property. The property had been previously used for a corporation yard and is currently undergoing remediation for hazardous wastes. LAK Associates drafted the Initial Study using the Town’s General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan as the basis for thresholds and impacts. Environmental issues included traffic and geologic engineering.

Marin General Hospital Expansion Project – 2012

From 2010 until 2012, LAK Associates  served as the environmental review coordinator for the Marin Hospital District’s EIR for the Marin General Hospital expansion project. Responsibilities included drafting the project description and assisting with the interview and management of the environmental consultant in charge of preparing the EIR.


For a full list of IS/MND documents prepared by LAK Associates, contact us at info@lakassociates.com.