COMPLEX APPLICATIONS PRACTICE GROUP...
occasion, cities and counties receive large or complex applications, such as
large-scale annexations, requests for trans-mountain water diversion, or
construction of an energy facility.
their very nature, these requests are not “business as usual” for local
government staff. The most effective review and response to these applications
often requires a combination of legal, technical, financial, communications and
negotiation skills. The process of review, deliberation and action by local
elected officials will typically be under heightened scrutiny. Local
government staff might not have the right mix of technical expertise to manage
these applications or simply be fully occupied with other governmental
though land use regulations often allow government review costs to be reimbursed
by the applicant, it is a complex and time-consuming effort to determine what
specialists are needed, manage the selection process, oversee the outside
technical consulting team, and insure full legal compliance.
Coley/Forrest is a member of a practice group that functions as an extension of local
government staff to manage these complex and unusual development proposals. We
work side-by-side with our local government clients, blending our skills and
expertise with theirs, while the local government maintains control of the
process and outcome. Our practice group regularly works with teams of experts
best-suited to the requirements of the particular development application. Our
experience consistently shows that the results are better, faster and more
cost-effective than traditional approaches.
directly relevant and successful experience that provides us with the ability to
better assess our client’s needs for expertise and spot critical issues at the
front end of the development review process. In essence, we know where to look
for the “alligators.”
collaboration allows us to hand-pick the very best experts to respond to the
unique set of circumstances that each development proposal requires. This is
better than assigning the task to an over-committed local government staff
person and better than retaining a single, large firm that might not have the
relevant mix of skills and experience or responsiveness.
our experience, we have crafted state-of-the art remedies and mitigation
solutions that can allow a project to go forward, as appropriate, while
protecting the community.
complex development proposals require legally binding and enforceable decisions
by elected officials. To minimize risks of legal action from any side, it is
critical that the decision making process satisfies applicable ordinances,
regulations and statutes. We are able to the legal expertise applicable to each
proposal. The documentation that we provide as part of the review process
assists in developing a solid record in case there are legal challenges.
practice group has a proven track record of working expeditiously. This has
significant value to our public sector clients and to the applicant for whom
time is always money.
of work among staff members and our team ensures that we can reduce turn-around
time for application completeness determinations and staff reports.
long-standing relationships allow us to select and manage outside experts
quickly and effectively so that their review time of application materials is
have developed a suite of tools that assist planning commissions and elected
decision makers to stream-line the public hearing process.
can know quickly the types of analyses that are necessary as compared to the
types of analysis that are unnecessary but costly. Because we meet with the
staff and the applicant in a pre-application or scoping meeting, we assist in
identifying the nature and extent of development application reports and studies
that will be most useful to the decision-makers and responsive to your
regulations. This can save both our client and the applicant needless money and
time that often is spent revising deficient reports or preparing and reviewing
materials that may not particularly relevant to the issues at hand.
government’s review costs are (or should be) paid by the applicant. If the
applicants know that the review team is technically sound and will move quickly,
they are often enthusiastic proponents of this approach.
most rewarding feature of our Practice Group is the experience we have had
working with county and municipal staff and officials to forge creative
solutions to daunting problems. Our work has yielded lasting professional
relationships and personal friendships across the state of Colorado. Our prior
clients have included Boulder County, Chaffee County, Costilla County, Eagle
County, Elbert County, Grand County, Gunnison County, Lake County, the Northwest
Colorado Council of Governments, Park County, Pueblo (City) and Pueblo County,
State of Colorado, Summit County and the Summit Water Quality Committee.
Coley/Forrest is joined in its Complex Applications Practice Group by two other
managers: Barbara Green and Lane Wyatt. Other technical specialists are
invited to join on a project-specific basis.
Green, a founding partner of the law firm of Sullivan Green Seavy LLC, is
admitted to practice law in The State of Colorado, the 10th Circuit
Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She serves as special
land use counsel to county and municipal governments and private sector clients,
specializing in environmental regulations, intergovernmental agreements, water
law, annexation and natural resource extraction matters. In addition to her
legal background, Ms. Green is trained in alternative dispute resolution, group
dynamics, public participation and facilitation. She frequently serves as a
mediator on land use disputes arising between developers, local governments and
neighborhood organizations. Ms. Green has managed numerous complex and
mixed-disciplined “1041 Regulation” assignments for cities and counties
throughout the State of Colorado.
Wyatt is an engineer and biologist with an extensive background in
environmental, water and natural resource management and mitigation. For more
than 20 years, Mr. Wyatt has administered one of the nation’s first water shed
based organizations that is actively involved in pollution trading. He advises
numerous cities and counties on the complex intricacies of water quantity and
water quality issues and related regulatory solutions. His practice has
included detailed technical and policy advice to a number of Colorado counties
who are engaged in implementing “1041 Regulations.”
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