COASTAL DEVELOPMENT

Developing in California’s Coastal Zone presents some unique entitlement challenges. The Coastal Commission’s complex regulatory scheme and the intricacies of dealing with this powerful state agency can be overwhelming. The Commission’s permitting process often frustrates applicants because of extraordinarily long processing times, unanticipated costs and unsuccessful outcomes.

Mr. Mountford has been developing in the Coastal Zone since 1990. In 1996, he won approval of one of the largest development projects in the history of the Coastal Commission – 3,300 homes on 1,600 acres at Bolsa Chica in Huntington Beach. Since then he has represented his company and clients on a variety of coastal permitting issues and has earned a reputation in the development industry for knowing how to successfully navigate the Commission’s cumbersome permitting process.

Identifying Coastal Act compliance issues early in the design stage is one of the keys to managing costs and achieving a successful outcome. Guidance from an experienced consultant can be exceptionally valuable to applicants who are unfamiliar with the nuances of the Coastal Commission process.