California Land Use Planning and Real Estate Development Solutions & Services Since 1989

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Watson Planning Consultant Services


Land Use Planning
Real Estate Development
Real Estate Due Diligence
Governmental Relations
CEQA/NEPA Compliance
Municipal/Community Planning
Coastal Zone Projects
Environmental Planning
Expert Witness/Trial Preparation

From Project Inception Through Completion,
Or Steps In between
WPC assists private and public agency clients with issues ranging from the preparation of discrete due diligence reports to managing large and complex long-range development projects. Whatever the size or scope of the project, Watson's methodology employs systematic processes and technical means to assess physical, social, economic, political and regulatory factors in order to advise, encourage and assist clients in the selection and execution of their options for optimal success and resolution of their project's obstacles and constraints.

Interdisciplinary Development Team Formation

Real Estate development typically requires more than one area of technical expertise. Coordinating multiple interdisciplinary experts towards the advancement of a predetermined strategic plan and learning about technical requirements can be challenging, time consuming and fraught with expensive pitfalls. WPC is knowledgeable and experienced with planning, leading and managing the real estate development and entitlement process from start to finish. 

WPC can assess a project's needs and goals, providing a client with a written plan and timeline and assembling and acting as  liaison with the selected interdisciplinary development team. WPC skillfully manages and oversees the details of expert team formation including RFP's, contract negotiations, task coordination and execution, and the generation and submittal of reports and clearances necessary for regulatory approvals and completion of a remodel or development project.

Strategic Plan Team Leadership

WPC's development team leadership provides you with a comprehensive communication point, optimizes your resources and drives your strategic plan's progress forward while keeping you involved, informed and updated. Putting WPC in place as your project's Lead Planner to direct, control, track and maximize the individual efforts of a diverse team of technical experts typically comprised of technicians such as designers, architects, engineers, archaeologists, hydrologists, geologists, biologists, landscape architects and other disciplines ultimately saves you and your investors money, potentially costly steps and lost time. 

WPC addresses land use and development issues for all sizes and types of real estate properties, including:

  • Raw Land
  • Residential
  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • Agricultural/Vineyard
  • Mixed Use
  • Multi-Family
  • Visitor Serving
  • Historic
  • Hotel/Motel
  • Restaurant
  • Affordable Housing
  • Senior Housing
  • Institutional
  • Golf Course Community
  • Master Planned Community
  • Office Buildings
  • Retail Shopping Centers/Malls

WPC SERVICES (Partial Listing)

Comprehensive Planning/
Strategic Land Use Planning

  • Annexations/Municipal Service Reviews (MSR)/Spheres of Influence (SOI)
  • Policy Analysis, Interpretation and Conflict Resolution
  • Master Plans, Specific Plans
  • Zoning/Design Review
  • Site/Design Review
  • Land Use Applications
  • Acquisition and Feasibility Studies
  • Property Profiles and Site Development Investigations
  • Subdivision Map Act Compliance
  • Subdivisions, Parcel Maps/Plat, Lot Line Adjustments
  • Easement and Access Issues

Environmental Planning/
CEQA & NEPA Compliance

  • Environmental Impact Reports (EIR)
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)
  • Geotechnical Engineering Coordination
  • Geologic Engineering Coordination
  • Wetlands and Habitat Delineation
  • Water Rights, Watershed Planning and Conjunctive Water Use Strategies


California Coastal Zone Projects
  • Coastal Development Permits (CDP)
  • Local Coastal Program (LCP) Interpretations and Amendments
  • California Coastal Commission Appeals of Local Permit Actions

Cave Landing Residential Project Aerial Exhibit
Avila Beach, California

Real Estate Development &
Land Use Planning

  • Property Owner Site Development Investigation Report
  • Regulatory, Development and Economic Feasibility Analysis
  • Pre Purchase Due Diligence & Regulatory Agency Review Reports
  • Site Selection
  • Interdisciplinary Team Formation and Management
  • Project Management
  • Budget Preparation, Pro forma and Fiscal Plans
  • Preliminary Design, Schematic Design, Plan Preparation, Construction Plans & Specifications
  • Public Agency Permit Processing
  • Use Permits/Variances
  • Land Divisions
  • Bond Workouts
  • Code Violation and Red Tag Resolution
  • Log Legality/Certificates of Compliance


Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Avila Valley, California

Project Entitlement:
Applications & Approvals and
Permit Processing and Expediting

  • Full Service throughout California
  • Building/Planning/Construction Management
  • Building & Zoning Troubleshooting
  • Tenant Improvements & Retail Roll-Outs
  • Entitlement Negotiations
  • Coastal Development Permits (CDP)
  • California Coastal Commission Appeals of Local Permit Actions
  • Conditional Use/Discretionary Permits
  • Minor Use Permits (MUP)
  • Code Violation Resolution
  • Code & Policy Research/Interpretations
  • Fire, Health & Regulatory Agency Department Clearances
  • Plan Check Review Representation
  • Tenant Improvement Building Permit Expediting


WPC has been been providing effective, efficient and
reliable comprehensive land use planning consultation, real estate development consulting, community development planning and real estate project development team leadership to public and private sector clients since 1989.

Municipal Planning/
Community Development

  • Public Works Improvement Projects
  • Capital Improvement Planning
  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Land Division Review and Processing
  • Preliminary and Tentative Parcel and Tract/Plat Maps, Vesting Maps
  • Lot Line Adjustments, Lot Mergers and Certificates of Compliance
  • Final Mapping Plan Review and Checking
  • Public Improvement Construction Estimates,
  • Easements and Regulatory Dedications
  • Land Division Agreements for Public Improvements, Surety Agreements and Documentation
  • Water Well Investigations and Development
  • Wastewater Treatment Plan Expansion
  • Street Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
  • Pier and Seawall Permitting and  Construction
  • Parks and Trails Permitting and Construction
  • Redevelopment Master Planning
  • State and Local Highway Improvements
  • Assessment Districts
  • Community Facilities Districts (Mello-Roos)
  • Public Utility Company Coordination Including Utility Construction
  • Impact Fee Studies and Periodic Updates
  • Housing Elements
  • Design Guidelines
  • Subdivision Performance Evaluations

Governmental Relations
  • Policy analysis and interpretation
  • Technical writing
  • Owner representation
  • Negotiations
  • Public hearings
  • Permit application, processing and expediting


Structural Engineering Plan Check station, City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety, California.  WPC represents tenants and owners with construction project planning and building permit processing, entitlement and expediting services throughout California.