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Giving Thanks!

This holiday season is unlike any other, to cap off a year unlike any other. Throughout this season, and as we move into a new (and hopefully better) year, we wish you moments of peace amid the difficulties, connections with family and friends even if they can’t be in person, the warmth of memories from holidays past, and wonderful glimpses of the joy that still lives under the surface. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at EMC Planning Group.

                - Michael J. Groves, AICP - President/Senior Principal

New Team Members Joins EMC Planning Group

EMC Planning Group is proud to announce the following new team members.

David Craft is an Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Specialist whose expertise is preparing air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and health risk assessments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University.

His previous work experience includes working as an engineer/planner for the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) for more than 30 years, where he was responsible for reviewing and issuing air pollution permits for all types of emission sources for the district and preparing CEQA documents. David developed policies and procedures for facilities within the MBARD to help them comply with emission inventory reporting requirements associated with the toxic, criteria pollutant, and greenhouse gas emission inventory reporting programs. Also, while working for MBARD, he managed Placer County APCD’s Toxic Emission Inventory and Risk Assessment Program.

Patrick Furtado is an Associate Biologist who specializes in biological fieldwork, resource management, regulatory permitting, planning, and preparation of technical reports. He holds a master’s degree in Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University. Patrick integrates multiple disciplines including wildlife surveys, remote sensing and GIS analysis, riparian and wetland hydrology, plant systematics and taxonomy, vegetation mapping and classification, fluvial geomorphology, habitat assessment, soil classification, wetland delineation, historical ecology, and invasive species management.

Patrick has been working in the fields of biology and regulatory compliance since 2008. He has extensive experience conducting field surveys in central California, in particular with special-status species such as burrowing owl, northern spotted owl, western snowy plover, bank swallow, Swainson's hawk, Ridgway’s rail, coho salmon, mission blue butterfly, vernal pool branchiopods, giant garter snake, San Francisco garter snake, San Francisco dusky-footed woodrat, salt marsh harvest mouse, San Joaquin kit fox, and Tidestrom’s lupine.

Entitlement Process Receives Approval


For the past two years, EMC Planning Group has worked diligently in obtaining entitlements for a mixed-use development/medical campus on the south side of the City of Morgan Hill, located along U.S. Highway 101 east of Juan Hernandez Drive and south of Barrett Avenue. The 20-acre Lillian Commons project required preparing a planned development master plan and amending Morgan Hill’s general plan land use designation from commercial to mixed-use flex to allow for a hospital and residential development on the property. EMC Planning Group prepared an initial study, planned development master plan, and a conceptual site plan for review and approval by the planning commission and city council. EMC Planning Group coordinated with the project engineer, architect, landscape architect, numerous technical consultants, and city staff to develop a comprehensive application package.

This project is a big win for the City of Morgan Hill, providing much needed healthcare facilities in a campus setting, creating new job opportunities, and providing housing for essential workers, teachers and others who want to live and work in Morgan Hill. 

EMC Planning Group Honored with
APA California Chapter, Northern Section's Award of Merit

EMC Planning Group received the APA’s Economic Planning and Development Award of Merit for its work on the City of Sand City Vibrancy Plan.

The Vibrancy Plan is an innovative approach to further the City’s General Plan vision and implements regional plans to transition the older industrial section of the City into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use community. Many of the City’s 380 residents are artists, and each year the industrial area comes alive for the West End Celebration. The City’s vision is to expand this celebration into a daily lifestyle. The purpose of the Plan, a visionary plan and an implementation tool, is to inform the staff and council in developing a road map for catalyzing private investment and advancement of the City’s diversity and unique identity, while promoting the arts community, residents, businesses, and local government to collaborate and establish a connected community. The Plan amplifies General Plan policies with specific implementation steps, but also goes beyond it by expressing the goals and policies of the General Plan and adding to them through specific ideas on building design, zoning standards, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, directional signage, landscape enhancement, and public art to draw the community into a downtown atmosphere. It identifies catalyst projects, coordinates streetscape efforts, and promotes private development. At its heart, the Plan is an economic development plan, but it encompasses a range of inter-related topics, including circulation, parking, streetscape, aesthetics, and affordability. The Plan includes strategies to offset gentrification effects on artists, and it focuses re-vitalization to a central area, adjacent to a planned transit corridor, consistent with the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Career Opportunity


We are currently seeking a Registered Professional Archaeologist to provide consulting services on a wide variety of projects throughout coastal and central California. Duties will include archaeological surveys and monitoring, analysis of finds, preparation of cultural resource technical reports and CEQA/NEPA cultural resource impact analyses. A full job description is located in the following link:

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