Private Sector

In additional to contract planning for several local municipalities, LAK has assisted many private clients achieve their development goals throughout California.

Recent projects include:

Hog Island Oysters – Leali Ranch Master Plan – 2016 

LAK is currently assisting the Hog Island Oyster Company with a Master Plan and Agriculture Plan for a 250 acre ranch adjacent to their main oyster farm location in Marshall, CA.  The existing ranch would be redeveloped to feature dryland aquaculture and row crops for retail sales at their various locations.  In addition, the ranch would utilize sustainable farming and ranching practices to incorporate all facets of farming and ranching including recycling aquaculture waste and sea salt for use in fertilizer and cheesemaking.  The Master Plan would also include facilities for company operations and overnight facilities for educational and farm tour capabilities.  LAK will oversee the project team and complicated project application process for a County of Marin coastal permit consistent with the California Coastal Commission.

Private Client –  Inverness, CA 2017

LAK is serving as project manager for a private client in Inverness, CA.  The owners proposed to develop a new single family residence on the property while simultaneously preserving and rehabilitating three unique structures from the Handmade House movement.  The six-acre property had been the homestead for a locally important visionary who hand crafted several cabins out of materials found on the property.  The owners have meticulously prepared a land plan that preserves the uniqueness of the site while incorporating necessary requirements for fire and building safety while continuing to minimize the development impact on the site.  As project manager, LAK is overseeing the project team, including several technical reports while facilitating the application process to meet the client’s objectives.  The project was originally approved in December 2016, but was appealed to the Marin County Planning Commission.  LAK successfully defended the project and again gained approval in June 2017.  The appellants again appealed to the Marin Board of Supervisors over issues of concern such as consistency with the California Coastal Commission, surveys for special species and the dismantling of one of the existing handmade structures (a 54’ high “windmill” tower) that is deemed unsightly.  However, LAK Associates again successfully defended the appeal by helping to negotiate a compromised approval that satisfied both client and neighbors.

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