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Bob Prasse

Bob Prasse Bob Prasse has more than 28 years of diverse and challenging work experience as an environmental/urban planner.

His varied background includes working as both and employee and consultant for small to large public jurisdictions, a regional planning agency, and private developers.

Bob's broad experience includes project management for: EIRs and other environmental documents; specific plans and planned developments; other planning and infrastructure studies; impact fee studies; preparation of land use ordinances; development and design review, and directing the work of other consultants.

While working for a private developer, he was responsible for coordinating the review and approval of on-site and off-site infrastructure improvement plans with the engineering and planning staff of public agencies. Bob also managed the design and development of a water infrastructure capital facilities site, including the development and equipping of two water wells, installation of a small water treatment plant and product conveyance pipelines.

His most recent work was managing the preparation and processing of EIRs and other environmental documents for large-scale planned developments, industrial/warehouse distribution centers, infill residential developments and a variety of projects for school districts.

Bob has a bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and also a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California.

Recent Posts

Effects of Growing Trade: The Need for Environmental Assessments

Posted by Bob Prasse on Aug 7, 2013 9:26:00 AM

Large scale “high cube” warehouse distribution and logistics facilities are key components to the regional and international goods movement system in Southern California. In addition to warehouse and logistics facilities, rail and highways for transporting goods, and ports (including seaports, airports) are national and regional entry points for goods. International trade is expected to continue to expand, and as a result, warehouses and facilities will continue to be built along major transportation routes throughout Southern California. However, without effective and proper mitigation, such facilities can have substantial environmental impacts.

The main drivers for growth in trade are the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, often referred to as the San Pedro Bay Ports; when combined, they would rank as the sixth busiest container complex in the world. According to the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) On The Move: Southern California Delivers the Goods,“ Southern California is the nation’s premier international gateway”, with $414 Billion worth of maritime and air cargo moving through the Los Angeles Customs District.

Practical and Cost Effective Mitigation Planning

Posted by Bob Prasse on Dec 27, 2012 12:30:00 PM


Most environmental planners and (in California) CEQA experts have heard the phrase “mitigate or litigate” during their professional careers.  While clever and a bit flippant, there is a lot of truth to this little timeworn rhyme. Ill-conceived and poorly executed mitigation is arguably one of the leading causes of environmental grief (legally and financially) for developers and other business entities. It is clear that environmental documents that underestimate or ignore impacts - and consequently undersize mitigation - are vulnerable to legal challenge.  It is also true that mitigation “overkill” and mitigation that is ill-timed, vague or general in nature can be equally debilitating to the health of a project in terms of time and money.

Addressing Environmental Constraints in Development Plans

Posted by Bob Prasse on Oct 4, 2012 9:21:00 AM


Thoroughly evaluating environmental constraints and associated requirements and regulations is essential to any successful land-use plan. In the case of private development, understanding environmental constraints and the cost and feasibility of potential mitigation is key to understanding the true value of real property and whether a project will “pencil out”. Likewise for public agencies, without a working knowledge of the underlying environmental hurdles and associated mitigation costs, the land plans of communities won’t be implemented, and the future vision of the community unrealized.  Evaluating potential environmental impacts early, during land acquisition and site design, avoids expense and lost time for development projects.