Veronica Holliday

Veronica Holliday

Los Angeles, CA, US



Environmental Planning Projects Experience:

In the capacity of an environmental planning consultant I have participated in the preparation of numerous Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Assessments and Initial Studies for various southern California cities.

City of Westminster:
Entitlement processing for various development projects as in-house associate planner until vacant position could be filled reviewed project and drafted environmental documents for projects to comply with CEQA:
• Telecommunication Facilities located throughout the City – environmental document produced was generally an Initial Study leading to a Negative Declaration. All impacts were generally regarding Aesthetics and were considered less than significant with required compliance with the city’s architectural guidelines to conceal equipment.

City of Irwindale
Entitlement processing for various development projects as in-house associate planner until vacant position could be filled reviewed project and drafted environmental documents for projects to comply with CEQA:
• Public Utility Facilities - Worked with representatives from Edison regarding the continued use of an easement that was located below existing power lines that had become a storage lot for Edison construction vehicles. Project issues were the improvement of the lot either with paving and landscaping if Edison was going to continue to utilize the parcel. Fugitive dust from parcel was an issue to adjacent properties. Improvement of lot was required per city’s code. 

City of Pasadena
• Environmental Review of AT&T Lightspeed project, which consisted of installation of 163 above ground utility cabinets and associated fiber optic lines throughout the city. The project required an Initial Study that lead to a Mitigated Negative Declaration due to the aesthetic impacts in residential neighborhood and highly traveled commercial corridors.

• Initial Study/Environmental Assessment for a publicly funded affordable housing project that was being developed by a church’s community development corporation. The project would house 7 mentally ill individuals who were at risk of becoming homeless. The project was environmental sensitive because it would require a density bonus for the number of residents on the lot. The church also had to environmentally clear the demolition of a potentially historic structure on the property.  The City was utilizing HOME/CDBG and Redevelopment agency funds for the project to assist the church with the development.

City of Santa Clarita
• Prepared numerous Initial Studies/Mitigated Negative Declarations where we had additional subcontractors who prepared, hydrological reports, geo-technical reports, hazardous material surveys, traffic studies and biological assessments, these documents were incorporated into the document to assess impacts and to formulate the mitigation measures.

I have also prepared environmental documentation for projects in the cities of Westlake Village, Rolling Hills Estates, Calimesa, Tipton, Anaheim, Antelope Valley, and Ontario.


Holliday-Diamond Development, Independent Development Consultant

Planning and Community Development Consultant

Jan 2011 - current

Burns and McDonnell, Staff Environmental Planner

Worked as a Permit Coordinator on the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Line Project Segments 4-1; performing acquisition oversight for non-environmental permits. As part of early responsibilities participated in high level city and county project introduction meetings. During early stages of project coordinated quality control and verification of permit acquisition schedule and reports for Work Package 3 (segments through urbanized Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties), Work Package 2 (project segments in Angeles National Forrest and urbanized Los Angeles County), and Work Package 1(Project Segments through Kern and Los Angeles counties).

Project responsibilities also included interfacing with municipal and lead agency contacts to facilitate permit acquisition activities for SCE and segment contractors. Organized and maintained permit document archive for project record in Primavera Contract Manager Version 12.1. Coordinated Primavera P-6 schedule updates for Southern California Edison and Contractor to facilitate issue or delay resolution to avoid project stoppage and cost over-runs. Drafted brief weekly Executive Summary Narrative Report of permit acquisition progress.

Dec 2009 - Jan 2011

Willdan Engineering, Associate Community Development Planner

As an associate planner for a municipal planning and engineering consulting firm, I was responsible for contract planning assignments, project management; preliminary writing, and editing of environmental reports and entitlement processing. The environmental documents were prepared pursuant to either the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines depending on the funding source.

As a planning consultant, participated in projects for various southern California cities. I had the opportunity to act as project manager for a variety projects. Project management consisted of primary client contact which consisted of interaction with high level local government leaders such as Community Development Directors, Planning/Engineering Managers, Planning Commissions and City Councils. Initial project set-up and implementation activities consisting of project billing, soliciting/selecting subcontractors, as well as development of project execution methodology and production of the final project report documents.

Feb 2002 - Nov 2008


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Urban and Regional Planning

Urban Planning and Design, Environmental Document Preparation, Public Policy and governmental process.

Sep 2001 - Dec 2005

Howard University, Architecture and Planning


Aug 1989 - Jun 1995

Santa Monica College, Architecture/Construction Management

Architectural Graphic Standards/Rendering, Construction Management

Sep 1984 - Jun 1988

Areas of Specialization