I am a planning and research consultant from Honesdale, Pennsylvania with a deep interest in shale across the world but especially in the Northeast, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado and California. I also consult with the industry and a leased landowner myself.
Shepstone Management Company, Inc. (SMC) has specialized in market research, economic development and land use planning, having developed and assisted with the administration of land use regulations in dozens of communities. The firm has operated primarily in New York and Pennsylvania but has extensive experience in representing clients throughout the Northeast, Midwest and California.
SMC has assisted several communities and counties with economic development planning and preparation of agricultural economic development plans. It regularly works with Industrial Development Agencies on benefit/cost analyses and packaging of applications for financial assistance. It also assisted the Catskill Watershed Corporation in developing a 5-county strategy for use of $60,000,000 in New York City funds provided for economic development.
SMC has helped many communities in NY and PA prepare Comprehensive Plans, Zoning Ordinances and Subdivision Regulations. It is also frequently retained to appear as an expert witness on behalf of clients including testimony before the Liquor Control Board, United States Federal Court, the Public Utility Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Pennsylvanaia and Maryland State Legislatures as well as the state courts and various local agencies. Testimony is usually related to demographics and development activity.
SMC has also prepared a number of feasibility studies and market research reports for private development projects, including convenience stores, housing and assisted living projects, meat processing facilities, retail enterprises and branch banks.
SMC's transportation work has included detailed traffic impact reports for large residential and commercial development and assistance in establishing shortline railroad operations in several states.
SMC is also an advocate of natural gas development and has coordinated the assembly of leasehold interests as well as testimony on behalf of such development.
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