Strategies to Meet Federal, State and Local Requirements
Land Use and Zoning Analyses
Demographic and Socioeconomic Studies
Traffic and Transportation Studies
Water Quality Analyses
Open Space Assessments
Aesthetic and Visual Impact Evaluations
Strategies for Public Acceptance
Is a full environmental impact statement needed for the nation's largest hospital modernization, in Manhattan, or will a more targeted, less time-consuming and costly approach be appropriate?
As a disclosure document, an EIS becomes the basic reference on all conceivable aspects of a project and its existing and future setting. Environmental assessments, while less comprehensive than EISs in some areas, provide a similar means of identifying and evaluating the extent of environmental effects.
Since the EISs and EAs are rigorously scrutinized by review agencies and the public, and are often the means by which a project is challenged politically and in the courts, the complex multi-disciplinary information must be complete, accurate, and understandable by people of all backgrounds. Permit applications, which are also subject to legal challenges, must be thoroughly and scrupulously prepared.
Konheim & Ketcham's interactive analyses, from the inception of a project, involve the client, architects, engineers, attorneys, and, if possible, the public. This process enables anticipating problem issues at an early stage of planning, and helps the sponsor develop a project that is more compatible with its surroundings, more acceptable to the public, and better positioned to move rapidly through the permitting process.
Konheim & Ketcham prepares comprehensive EISs, EAs, permit applications and planning studies that speak to public concerns and address regulatory issues. K&K staff represent a full range of disciplines, including specialists in traffic, air and noise; wetland ecologists; land use, socioeconomic, cultural resource and environmental planners; and experts in community and agency communications and coordination. We also manage assessments of hydrogeologic conditions and subsurface contamination. When impacts are identified, we develop creative and effective measures to mitigate the effects. For the varied tasks of environmental assessment, we make maximum use of the most advanced analytical modeling tools, as well as geographic information systems, to develop the analyses and present our findings in formats that are useful and understandable.
Our technical strengths are complemented by our skill in presenting complex information to the public, working cooperatively with community leaders, and achieving the clients' objective in a timely way. While shortcuts are never recommended because they lead to inevitable revisions and delays, we emphasize costeffective approaches, and rapid turnaround on submissions to agencies.