Lost in Translation: Addressing Communication Challenges Amongst CEQA Consultants, Developers, Public Agencies and Attorneys



Saturday, May 20, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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The CEQA process involves meeting and balancing a number of, sometimes competing, priorities: factual development, timing/schedule concerns, cost restrictions, process/public outreach, and legal defensibility. This panel will feature speakers highlighting the often humorous ways in which consultants and technical experts, developers, public agencies, and attorneys face communication challenges when they attempt to “translate” comments and concerns between groups. Attendees will learn about: (i) tools that can be used to translate technical expertise into defensible (and accessible) CEQA documents; (ii) communication strategies for resolving potential disputes between team-members; and (iii) best practices for communicating between groups throughout the CEQA process. Audience participation (in the form of sharing their own communication challenges) will be strongly encouraged, so that attendees can ensure their CEQA concerns are not “lost in translation.



Charity Schiller

Charity Schiller is an environmental and land use attorney who helps public agencies and private clients entitle and build all forms of public and private projects, including roadway and water infrastructure projects, public facilities, and residential, commercial, and industrial developments. She assists clients with all aspects of the California Environmental ... Read More

Deirdre West

Deirdre West has more than twenty years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental planning field, including managing The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (Metropolitan’s) Environmental Planning Team. She has extensive experience as a project manager of large-scale, complex, water infrastructure projects, including direction and oversight of ... Read More

Jennifer Haddow

Jennifer Haddow holds a Ph.D. in Geochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen, and a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California, Davis. She has more than 12 years of professional experience in the field of ... Read More

Aimee Epstein

Aimee Epstein brings nearly a decade of land development, permitting, and land use policy experience to the Renewables division of NRG Energy. At NRG, she has provided real estate and permitting direction for 20+ distributed generation projects across the U.S. Prior to joining NRG, Aimee managed the land use ... Read More

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Lynne Bynder, lbynder@meetingsxceptional.com