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Frank Coyle

Frank Coyle Frank Coyle, REA, is highly experienced in urban and regional planning in both the private and public sectors. He has prepared and managed a wide variety of high-quality policy planning and environmental documents achieving an impressive record of accomplishment in successfully managing projects through the entitlement process. Mr. Coyle possesses strong knowledge and understanding of development economics, governing agencies and bureaucratic procedures. He has reviewed and processed various specific plans, environmental impact reports, managed a wide variety of site specific projects through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, evaluated general plan amendments, zone changes and subdivision requests, prepared and presented reports, and made recommendations to various planning bodies. His thorough knowledge of CEQA and experience with the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, zoning and subdivision concepts makes him a leader in the industry and asset to the FCS team. In December of 2008, Frank was appointed to the City of Redlands Climate Action Task Force by the mayor; the purpose of this group is to identify strategies for the City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recent Posts

California’s Emissions Target Success - A Global Context

Posted by Frank Coyle on Aug 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced on July 11, 2018, that the state has met its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets four years before the target year of 2020. This reduction target was established by AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the goal for reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Cities and Environmental Planning

Posted by Frank Coyle on Apr 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM


An estimated 4 billion people—equivalent to approximately 54 percent of the world’s overall population—reside in cities. The global urban population is projected to escalate to 66 percent by 2050. The UN, however, claims that the current rise in the cities' population  is unsustainable. Many cities do not have enough resources to sustain the projected population growth. Cities experience sustainability issues such as pollution, public health problems, overcrowding and social instability. These issues can lead to resource depletion and potentially low worker productivity, which can cause greater inefficiencies within cities that impact productivity.

3 Tips for Planning Sustainable Transportation

Posted by Frank Coyle on Jun 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Initiatives to reverse and/or mitigate the harmful effects of climate change continue to thrive in 2016. Both the public and private sectors have identified climate change as a high priority on their agendas, including the impact of transportation, which is a recognized source of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as methane, carbon and nitrous oxide. In addition, they have recognized sustainable transportation as a means to GHG emissions.

Why Your Business Needs a Sustainability Plan

Posted by Frank Coyle on Dec 22, 2015 12:55:02 PM


As the private and public sectors continue to develop their sustainability plans to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and the wellbeing of their communities, the private sector faces the challenge of ensuring the long-term viability of their operations and the wellbeing of their clients and consumers. A well-thought-out sustainability plan assists a company in operating its business responsibly while achieving a healthy bottom line.

Sustainability Plans and Municipalities

Posted by Frank Coyle on Dec 15, 2015 11:30:00 AM


Balancing economic growth with sustainable development is a challenge for both large and small municipalities. Sustainability planning is an opportunity for communities to develop a vision and implement long-term goals that address challenges and opportunities to become a more sustainable municipality. With a municipal sustainability plan, officials have the opportunity to demonstrate strategic, sustainable leadership.

What Does it Take to Develop an Effective Sustainability Plan?

Posted by Frank Coyle on Nov 24, 2015 12:14:44 PM


A local government that develops a comprehensive and effective sustainability plan shows that it is committed to preserving the environment while developing sustainability strategies for the local community. Sustainability plans are developed to address environmental, community and financial sustainability, and serve as tools and road maps for assisting local governments in managing sustainability initiatives and documenting progress.

Making Sense Out of Sustainability Plans

Posted by Frank Coyle on Aug 6, 2015 1:10:00 PM


Climate change is a worldwide concern, defined as a change in global or regional climate patterns; in particular, a change apparent from the mid- to late 20th century onwards, and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels. With continuous changes to climate patterns, numerous agencies have adopted Climate Action Plans (CAPs). CAPs address air quality, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, transportation strategies, land use, open spaces, economic development, water management, recycling and more. Although various agencies may concentrate on different categories with more emphasis, the importance of CAPs are the effectiveness of the implementation and the longevity.