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Brian J. Plant

Of Counsel

Mr. Plant joined the firm as Of Counsel in 1996 after his tenure with the United States Department of Justice, Land Use and Natural Resources Division, and practice in the private sector.  Mr. Plant advises public agencies and private project applicants regarding federal Clean Water Act, federal and state Endangered Species Acts, wetlands, water quality matters, and the National Historic Preservation Act.  His particular experience is with project permitting and environmental regulatory compliance for master planned communities, mining projects, alternative energy projects, business and industrial parks, and municipal facilities.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. from the School of Conservation and Resource Studies with an emphasis in lake and stream ecology and resource management, Mr. Plant received his J.D. from McGeorge School of Law in 1986.  Mr. Plant served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he litigated environmental cases throughout the United States. Mr. Plant is currently a Board Member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a past Board Member of the American River Parkway Foundation.  He periodically teaches continuing legal education classes and seminars for Law Seminars International and Lorman.

Representative matters include:

  • Van Vleck Ranch Solar Project, Sacramento County:  Advise client with respect to federal and state environmental entitlements and permitting.  Review of project infrastructure siting and operations to develop project planning in conformity with requirements under the federal Clean Water Act, and federal and state Endangered Species Acts.
  • Various large scale residential/business park development, Central Valley: Provide analysis under CWA Section 404(b)(1) “Alternatives Analysis” and Corps’ public interest review.  Work with clients to develop effective permitting strategies and guide applicants through Corps permitting requirements, inclusive of Section 106 of NHPA, Section 401 of the CWA, federal ESA, and CDFG Section 1600 stream bed alteration agreements.
  • Granite Construction Company – Walltown Quarry, Power House Quarry Expansion, Sacramento County: Assist with CWA Section 404 permitting including federal ESA compliance, CWA Section 404 “alternatives analysis,” NEPA compliance and compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA.  Advise client with respect to water quality compliance under state and federal laws.
  • Placer Vineyards Specific Plan, Placer County:  Assisted owners’ group in development of CEQA-related biologic mitigation measures.  Prepared strategies for CWA Section 404 permitting, on-site avoidance and minimization measures, and habitat mitigation requirements, and coordinated state/federal permitting. Plan Area encompasses over 5,200 acres with over 150 acres of wetland resources.
  • Amoruso Ranch Specific Plan, Roseville:  Represent Brookfield Land in providing analysis under CWA Section 404(b)(1) “Alternatives Analysis” and alternatives for regional infrastructure. Work with clients to develop effective permitting strategies and guide applicants through federal and state resource agency permitting requirements, inclusive of Section 106 of NHPA, Section 401 of the CWA, federal ESA, and CDFG Section 1600 stream bed alteration agreements.