The Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission, along with RRM Design Group, W-Trans, and Rincon Consultants, , received the Outstanding Planning Document award for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan at the AEP conference in Santa Barbara on March 23rd. RRM was the lead consultants on the project, while Rincon assisted with constraints analysis and prepared the Environmental Impact Report and mitigation strategies.
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan addresses multiple community objectives, including the provision of separated bike/pedestrian facilities for active transportation purposes and facilities linking the entire length of coastal Santa Cruz County. The planned alignments include a network of spurs that will provide coastal connectivity, providing safe recreational and commuter routes through the most populous portions of the county. The Plan is the result of an extensive interagency and public process, and is the product of years of work and an enormous outpouring of public participation. Importantly, the planning process communicated the broad range of benefits that a comprehensive Class 1 trail system can bring to a community. Benefits include reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and and protection of the natural environment, health, economic vitality, greater public understanding and appreciation of coastal resources, improved transportation efficiency, and increased access and mobility options for all age groups.
The award adds to the project's accolades, having also been recognized as an Outstanding Planning Document by the American Planning Association and the California State Parks’ Trails and Greenways Program. The Master Plan can be viewed here.
Richard Daulton, MURP, a Principal with Rincon Consultants, recently spoke at two AEP 2015 Advanced CEQA Workshops: San Luis Obispo on February 19th and San Jose on February 20th.
AEP conducts a series of workshops designed to help consultants, regulators, applicants, and industry professionals stay current on legal trends and "hot topics" affecting the application of CEQA Law and Guidelines. The workshops are held at locations throughout California and volunteer professionals lead sessions focused on a number of different advanced CEQA topics. Mr. Daulton presented on:
- Transportation and SB743 – Potential game-changing CEQA guidelines for transportation analysis are in preparation as required by SB 743; learn about the direction these guidelines may take.
- Water Supply – Do the drought, climate change and new groundwater management legislation change how we evaluate water supply under CEQA?
The events were attended by CEQA practitioners, attorneys, municipal planners, transportation planners, civil engineers, and planning students.
For additional information about the workshops, click here.
Rincon is proud to announce that John Dreher, Principal/Chief Operating Officer, has been selected as part of the 40 Under 40 Business Leaders by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
The 40 Under 40 list honors individuals who have taken on leadership roles in regards to business, mentoring, and community involvement. While at Rincon, John has led the vision and focus of Rincon, and has directed initiatives to improve internal efficiencies and enhance product and service delivery to clients. His accomplishments include establishing strong relationships with clients, regulators and colleagues, securing significant revenue-generating projects, and developing advancement opportunities for associates. He is involved with numerous professional and non-profit organizations, which include the Association of Environmental Professionals, American Public Works Association, American Civil Engineering Companies, The Nature Conservancy, American Veterinary Foundation, and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. John was selected for the list out of 200 nominees.
During his tenure at Rincon, he has advanced from an entry level position to Program Manager to Principal. In 2014, he was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Directors. He continues to lead the vision and focus of the company, and has directed initiatives to improve internal efficiencies and to enhance product and service delivery to clients.
Two Rincon Principals are scheduled to speak at upcoming Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) Advanced CEQA Workshops.
Joe Power, AICP CEP, and Richard Daulton, MURP, will be covering “Best Practices for Mitigation Development” and “Negative Declarations and Mitigated Negative Declarations.” Joe will be speaking at the February 6th seminar in Santa Barbara, and Richard will be speaking at the San Luis Obispo and San Jose seminars, held respectively on February 4th and February 7th.
The workshop is an advanced CEQA seminar that, in addition to the above topics, focuses on recent CEQA case law and CEQA analysis baselines.
To register for an event, please visit www.califaep.org.
Richard Daulton, MURP, Principal with Rincon Consultants will be presenting at two Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) workshops on the Spring 2012 Advanced CEQA Workshop schedule: Friday, March 2nd in San Jose and Friday March 9th in San Luis Obispo. These workshops will cover upcoming changes to the State CEQA Guidelines that streamline the CEQA review process for infill development projects, pursuant to SB 226. Mr. Daulton will provide insight into the draft guidelines for infill projects and will discuss strategies for navigating the new CEQA streamlining process.
For additional information about these workshops, please visit www.califaep.org