Securing the needed Permits for a project, is the clearest example of where the interests of business intersect with the requirements of government. It can be, or become, a conflict riddled set of barriers, or the permitting process can be used as an opportunity to educate regulators and develop credibility, which actually facilitates the completion of a project. And, as with so many things, preparation can be the deciding factor in achieving success while avoiding needless delay. And more importantly, most project funding is dependent upon permitting being completed, before the funding is closed.
Typically, the permitting process requires coordination of many, at time competing, interests, including:
- Industry Standards
- Mandated Transparency
- Standard Practices
- Company Policies
- Agency Regulations
- Applicable Laws
- Conflicting Jurisdictions
- Lobbying Restrictions
- Project Requirements
- Procedural Rules
- Auditing Requirements
FourPoints focuses on developing a clear understanding of the applicable issues, laws, policies, conflicts and regulations, in advance, and then maps a plan utilizing the very best team members to address those issues. Then the documentation, test results, third-party opinions, and other needed resources are compiled, to clarify the ease of the justified regulatory decision.
The result is a higher probability of success, and a reduction in the typical time required to secure the needed permits. There is no guarantee that every needed permit can be secured for every project, but FourPoints can bring the experience and expertise of its principals to assess the issues, sculpt a plan, and manage the permitting process for a higher probability of success.
Just a few of the permitting and other issues previously addressed by the FourPoints principals include:
- Public Comment and input
- Air Quality permits
- Water Runoff
- Impermeable Cover restrictions
- Wetlands identification and mitigation
- Feedstock & Product Storage permits
- Wastewater discharge
- Light Pollution
- Endangered Species
- Indigenous Peoples interests
- Extra-territorial conflicts
- Federal and state Environmental Issues
- Landmark View Corridors
- Zoning and Special Use Permits
- Phase I Environmental Assessment
- Environmental Impact Study
- Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”)
- Architectural Review Committees
- Historical Conservation issues
- Traffic and Transportation impacts
- Bridges, railroads and other specialty crossings
- Airport restrictions (proximity, lighting, etc.)
Monitoring changes and improvements in permitting, and incorporating those changes into the planning and preparation for permitting, can reduce the time required and improve the probability of success. For example, the recent announcements by the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, concerning improvements in permitting efficiency for Federal projects is significant. FourPoints regularly reviews the permitting and regulatory requirements for environmental and development activities in its key development arenas. This allows FourPoints to offer its clients, up to date suggestions and plans for successfully navigating the time-consuming permitting process.
Managing the demands of each of the competing/conflicting interests, while complying with regulatory requirements, can be the single most difficult part of the permitting process. The principals at FourPoints understand, appreciate, and welcome the task of solving the permitting puzzle.
Most project funding plans are usually highly customized loans and/or investments. FourPoints has, and brings to each project, the funding relationships that fit those highly specialized needs. The FourPoints executives have each worked for more than 30 years with lenders, funders and investors of every type, developing relationships over years of cooperation and successful funding.
A team of experienced executives who each bring their unique skill, knowledge and scars, to find solutions for the development, construction, funding and operational needs of each Project.
Focus on funding
While we can’t guarantee that funding is always available, we can help you evaluate the many private and public alternative financing options.