With a population of over 500,000, and a housing vacancy rate that is less than that of the state’s and the nation’s average, Sonoma County clearly continues to be a high demand County for renters and homeowners (Sonoma County Economic Development Board, 2018). With a large number of residences comes responsibility in maintaining a sustainable space to help keep the County green.
BC Engineering Group Acquires Firma Design Group; Strengthening Its Position in the Civil Engineering Industry
BC Engineering Group, a 19-person Santa Rosa based civil engineering and land planning company, has purchased Firma Design Group, a 10-person Santa Rosa based civil engineering and landscape architecture firm.
Water Source Considerations For Commercial Cannabis Cultivation
When you think of commercial cannabis one of the first important things to consider, is how the cannabis plants will be watered. This can be one of the most important factors to consider when beginning your commercial cannabis operation. Most cultivators may believe that they have water rights to a waterway on their property or they plan on using a natural spring that they have always used, however, this may no longer be the case. There are four types of water sources that you may consider for your cannabis cultivation project. Those four sources are municipal water, recycled water, surface water, and groundwater. Read on for details of these sources.
Building Permits for Manufactured Homes
Since the wild fires destroyed homes all over California over the past few years, there has been an increase in demand for manufactured and modular homes. These homes are occasionally a great fit for fire victims and they are affordable. Modular homes come in many shapes and sizes providing a wide range of options in both price and style for clients. Some of the other benefits include shorter build time, quality of materials and construction, and energy savings on production. Since the homes are built in a facility, the process goes much faster and there is substantially less waste associated.
BC Engineering Group’s civil engineering department has expanded! We are excited to announce new additions to our staff at BC Engineering Group.
Andrew Willis, Project Manager at BC Engineering Group recently became a California-Licensed Professional Engineer through the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
We are pleased to announce that BC Engineering Group has increased its team by forty percent in the last four months. Due to the fires that took place October 2017, BC Engineering Group has become consumed with helping to rebuild the community. Our Wastewater Department had been overwhelmed and overworked helping fire properties to begin rebuilding. The addition of our new staff is to further support our projects as well as our community that we serve.
Rebuilding after the 2017 Napa Fire Complex
The 2017 Napa Complex Fire also known as a the “Atlas Fire” burned about 51,000 acres. Many people lost their homes and/or businesses due to the fire. The County has taken measures to expedite processing of permits for fire victims. Fire victims are also able to apply for a fee reduction for their required permits. The County has created three review categories that range from 7 to 28 days for review time. The three categories are 7 business day/expedited, quick permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits, and standard permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits. The fee reduction is available for all fire rebuild projects including commercial and residential accessory structures.
Fire Damaged Rebuild and Permitting in the Redwood Valley County Water District
County of Mendocino hosted a Town Hall meeting on Thursday October 11th, in Redwood Valley, with the key topics of water system improvements and a planned water system replacement project. This meeting was to inform and address any questions from residents about the Redwood Valley County Water District infrastructure project specifically residents served by Redwood Valley County Water District. The project has been completely funded by state and federal disaster relief funds. The allotted funds will be used to upsize existing water lines and create loops where dead ends exist. The improvements will cover about 4-miles; with 3-miles being replacement and 1-mile of new installation. This will update current water lines by creating enough pressure and flow to support fire sprinklers which are required under the building code, Title 24. The current water infrastructure was developed prior to some of the safety requirements required under California’s new building code. The funding will cover all costs of the public right of way improvements.
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring and Reporting Program
The rain is on its way.
With rain comes stormwater runoff. The State Water Resource Control Board requires monitoring and reporting of cannabis cultivation sites during months of rain events. The tests for stormwater runoff include a turbidity test and pH test. These tests shall be performed once per calendar month when precipitation exceeds 0.25 inches per day or when storm water runoff is noticed leaving a cultivation site.