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An environmentally conscious planning practice, serving the needs of clients in Northern California for over twenty years.

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About GMcD

Georgia McDaniel & Associates (GMcD), a woman-owned sole proprietorship,was established in March 1989 when Georgia McDaniel became the project manager for the 106-acre Gelsar property located in Hercules, Contra Costa County, CA. The scope of work for this first GMcD contract was to prepare the Gelsar property for development. The property was scattered almost entirely with 18.5 acres of jurisdictional wetlands including two creeks and a marsh, was contaminated with nitroaromatics (adjacent to a Super Fund site), and was zoned mainly for industrial uses (market demand was 40 years away).

Project management and environmental planning services were provided to Gelsar from March 1989 to March 1998. As Project Manager, Georgia coordinated all of the services provided by various project consultants for the preparation of a new land use plan for residential, commercial, office/R & D and open space uses, approval of a general plan amendment and entitlements from the City, obtainment of environmental permitting from federal, state, and regional environmental regulatory agencies plus the submittal of all required documents to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for the investigation and remediation of nitroaromatics.

During the early part of 1998, the Gelsar property was sold. The buyer contracted the services of CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc. (CSW|ST2) to assist the buyer during due diligence. Georgia was asked to meet with the President of CSW|ST2 to answer questions and provide information regarding the property. After the meeting, Georgia was invited to join CSW|ST2. A contract for consulting services was signed and GMcD began working as a consultant to CSW|ST2 in March 1998. GMcD continues to be a consultant to CSW|ST2 today.

Over the years, GMcD has provided project management, land planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning services (including creek restoration, bank stabilization, habitat restoration, and the obtainment of environmental permitting) for both private and public projects with residential, commercial, office, R & D, institutional, and/or open space uses. GMcD provides consulting services to other clients in addition to CSW|ST2.

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Biography

Georgia McDaniel’s work experience since 1978 has been in project management, environmental planning, land planning, landscape architecture, and project entitlements. She is an environmental permitting specialist. Georgia possesses expertise in the preparation of land plans that incorporate natural resources and Low Impact Development (LID) principles, coordination of all the activities performed by project consultants, management of the preparation of plans and documents required for the entitlement process and environmental permitting, plus negotiation with public agencies to obtain project entitlements and environmental permits. In addition to her land planning and landscape architecture skills, Georgia possesses experience in creek bank stabilization, stream and habitat restoration plus sustainable green infrastructure.

As a guest lecturer for “Real Estate Law”, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Georgia spoke about environmental regulations relating to real estate development. Georgia has been a Marquis Who’s Who listee for over 20 years. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Business, and Who’s Who in America.

Education

  • M.C.P. - City Planning, University of California Berkeley, California
  • B. S. - Business Administration, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • Postgraduate Courses in Land Use & Natural Resources Certificate Program, University of California, Davis Extension

Professional Registration

  • Landscape Architect, California R.L.A. #3833

Professional Memberships

  • External Advisory Committee for STEPping up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at Sonoma State University, School of Science and Technology (2011-2015) www.sonoma.edu/s3
  • California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL)
  • Leadership Petaluma – Graduate
  • West County 2000 Steering Committee – Past Member
  • City of Hercules Economic Development Strategy Planning Task Force - Past Member