Benchmark Resources was contracted by Madera County to lead the County’s CEQA analysis. We conducted a thorough review of the project application materials, and peer reviewed the applicant’s technical studies to determine their adequacy in supporting the analysis needed for the EIR. Benchmark assisted County staff with EIR scoping meeting. We also prepared the draft, revised draft, and final EIR. Benchmark Resources also assisted the County in preparing conditions of approval, a mitigation monitoring and reporting program, findings, staff reports, and presentations for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings.
The Benchmark Resources’ team developed a stormwater collection and groundwater recharge concept acceptable to both County staff and the applicant. Developing project-design options for a private project when under contract to a lead agency for environmental review is not a typical service provided the EIR consultants. However, both the City and applicant recognized that the Benchmark Resources’ team had the expertise and ability to most effectively develop the concept, and the concept was integrated into the project design.
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