Over the past 20 years, the Raney Division has prepared numerous environmental documents for standard residential, commercial, mixed-use, industrial, roadway, and infrastructure projects, including both privately-funded and publicly-funded projects, as well as unique projects such as mines, sports complexes, and vineyard conversions. In addition, Raney has on-going relationships with top CEQA land use attorneys allowing Raney to stay current with recent case law informing appropriate CEQA practice. Through these relationships, Raney is able to prepare comprehensive and legally defensible documents.
Raney is an expert CEQA and NEPA practitioner and typically serves as the prime environmental firm for contracts. Raney has assisted public agencies with CEQA and NEPA compliance for many types of projects, including new development/improvement projects as well as modified projects, the latter of which can often be reviewed under the provisions of Public Resources Code (PRC) 21166 and CEQA Guidelines 15162, in the form of an Addendum, Subsequent EIR, or Supplemental EIR.
Raney is proficient in preparing all types of CEQA documents, including categorical exemptions, initial study/mitigated negative declarations, program-level EIRs, project-level EIRs, program/project level EIRs, Addendums, Supplemental EIRs, and Joint CEQA/NEPA documents. Additionally, Raney is well-versed in preparing NEPA documents to meet the specific requirements of each federal funding source including, but not limited to, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Raney’s wealth of knowledge and experience preparing environmental documents is demonstrated over the wide variety of projects and environmental documents prepared for cities and counties throughout the State of California. Mr. Raney and Ms. Gnos have over 60 years of combined experience in processing many highly controversial and complex environmental documents allowing them to provide effective guidance to staff. Additionally, Mr. Raney and Ms. Gnos’s expertise provides the attention to detail and creative approaches similar to a larger CEQA/NEPA firm, while providing the successful on-time and on-budget processing that only a small firm can offer. Raney has deliberately remained a small, privately-owned company that is selective with the projects it accepts. This provides clients with the greatest level and depth of experience on each project, as well as specialized client services to make sure Raney meets every need and project timeline for each unique project.