Environmental Planning and Design

• GIS Mapping & Design Services
• GPS Technology
• Comprehensive Plan Amendments
• Conceptual Planning & Design Support
• Mitigation Planning & Design
• Water Quality Monitoring Plans
• Conservation Land Acquisition Consulting
• Protected Species Survey Design
• Habitat Management Planning
• Long-Term Management Planning
• Adaptive Land Management

GIS Mapping & Design Services – Modica & Associates provides GIS services to a broad spectrum of clients, including engineers, architects, landowners, prospective property purchasers, governmental agencies, and institutions. Using ArcGIS software, our Mapping & Design Department can create a unique map series for any property, using a combination of publicly available GIS shapefiles and custom geodata collected in the field using GPS technology. High-quality graphics and/or interactive digital desktop viewers are prepared for our clients, in an effort to concisely present site conditions and facilitate data analysis. AutoCAD files are often imported into GIS to generate a true-scale plan series that incorporates site-specific geodata. This is especially helpful for projects that involve natural lands manipulation and regulatory permitting, such as wildlife impact permitting, wetland impact permitting, land management planning, and wetland mitigation planning.

GPS Technology – All of our field inspections, wildlife surveys and monitoring events are conducted using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This technology allows us to quickly locate project boundaries and other points of interest in the field, as well as collect and document field data accurately and in real-time. Our advanced Mapping & Design Department converts GPS data into a custom geodatabase of information for each project site, and generates high-quality graphics that succinctly present field conditions and data.

Comprehensive Plan Amendments – Local governments assign a land use designation to properties within their jurisdiction within their Comprehensive Plan. Modica & Associates provides support services to property owners who wish to change their land use designation to allow for a different use secure necessary amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

Conceptual Planning & Design Support – Every property has different natural resources that must be identified and considered during project design. Modica & Associates, Inc. helps our Clients identify these natural resources, and assists the project planner and engineer to develop an ecologically friendly development plan that will avoid the more valuable natural resources while guiding necessary impacts to areas with lesser ecological value. Click here to see a video on environmental stewardship.

Mitigation Planning & Design – When development plans require impact to natural resources, such as wetlands and protected species of wildlife, Modica & Associates prepares mitigation plans to compensate for the loss of protected or regulated resources due to development. We also design wildlife preserves and assist in designing wetland creation areas.

Water Quality Monitoring Plans – Regulatory agencies sometimes require water quality monitoring to document the effects of a permitted activity, often including golf courses, large-scale developments and resource extraction operations. During the permitting process, Modica & Associates negotiates with regulatory agencies regarding the need and requirements for water quality monitoring. We are experienced in design and implementation of surface and groundwater monitoring plans that meet the needs and objectives of a particular project, while achieving permit compliance.Conservation Land

Acquisition Consulting– Land acquisition of regionally significant property can be used as an alternative to purchasing credits within a mitigation bank to compensate for the loss of natural resources on a development project. We assist our clients in identifying the most economically feasible mitigation solutions on a project-by-project basis. We identify and assess potential lands for their conservation value as mitigation and work with the regulatory agencies to secure approval of such alternate mitigation plans.Protected

Species Survey Design – Surveys for protected species of wildlife must adhere to species-specific survey guidelines recommended and/or required by the various regulatory agencies. Modica & Associates, Inc. develops a site-specific survey design for each project based on that property’s unique characteristics. Identifying the potential species that may be present on the project site during the preliminary assessment is key in designing an efficient and cost effective protected species survey. Survey design can be affected by factors such as the type and density of vegetative communities, time of year and size of the project. Many times we are able to conduct surveys for multiple species using the same transects.

Habitat Management Planning – Projects with on-site mitigation elements such as significant wetland preservation, upland buffer preservation, an on-site gopher tortoise recipient areas or sand skink preservation areas will require a Habitat Management Plan to outline the management and monitoring requirements associated with the mitigation and special conditions of regulatory permits. Modica & Associates develops Habitat Management Plans for these areas and these plans can be implemented by the developer and transferred to the homeowners association, Community Development District or property owner’s association as appropriate.

Long-Term Land Management Planning – Modica & Associates assists landowners in assessing the natural resources on their properties, and developing a long-term land management plan that implements agricultural and silvicultural uses with consideration for future land uses. Such practices result in preservation and management of areas with highest ecological value, while capitalizing on the agricultural value of the land.

Adaptive Land Management – Modica & Associates, Inc. ecologists implement Adaptive Land Management principles as a structured approach to natural lands management. Core principles of adaptive management include identification of management objectives, establishing and implementing management techniques, predicting the outcome of management techniques, monitoring and documenting the effects of management actions, and using monitoring results to update knowledge and adjust management actions. Adaptive management principles are generally applied to our long-term natural land management projects involving large tracts of wetland and/or upland conservation land.