Mr. Krout founded E|P|D Solutions, Inc. after over 13 years of experience in urban, environment and policy planning, project management, real estate entitlement and development experience in the public and private sectors. Over this period, he successfully managed many regionally significant and complex projects in these fields, which drew on his knowledge of federal, state and local government regulations, natural interpersonal and negotiation skills, public presentation strengths, detail-oriented approach to project design oversight, and team leadership abilities. His wide-ranging and multifaceted experience on infill residential, master planned communities, affordable housing, education, public and private redevelopment, transportation, mining, solar, recreation, hospitality and industrial projects has developed and honed his skills in entitlement strategy and implementation and environmental compliance. It is because of his successes and dedication that he has earned the conviction and reliance of project proponents and opponents, stakeholders and his clients.
Policy and Environmental Planning
Mr. Krout experience spans a diverse range uniquely complex land use planning and entitlement projects, due diligence studies, general plan amendments, zone changes, environmental impact reports, development agreements and construction projects. His clients have entrusted with these responsibilities based on his problem solving approach and extensive real-world experience in creating entitlement documents based on sound research and well-articulated strategies and many successes on exigent projects.
Mr. Krout was the principal-in-charge for the preparation of a Specific Plan for a mixed-use commercial/residential/ entertainment complex planned for the area surrounding the Lake Elsinore Diamond Minor League Baseball Stadium, the 275-square mile area Greater Tehachapi Area Specific & Community Plan, and has overseen entitlement and environmental review efforts for infill residential projects on former auto dealerships in anti-development environments. He has also lead entitlement and CEQA compliance teams for large scale residential projects, new hard rock quarry mines, and utility-scale solar facilities.
Public Agency and Private Sector Experience
Mr. Krout has career experience focused distinctively on all elements of the entitlement, environmental review and development processes through his involvement on both sides of the “counter.” He is deeply knowledgeable in government planning practices, and has played a key role in a number of public agency projects while in the public sector. Subsequently, he leveraged this knowledge and familiarity to assist private parties and public agencies navigate the always-challenging California entitlement and CEQA compliance efforts.
Mr. Krout has been a lecturer at Cal Poly SLO undergraduate courses on computer applications for planners, presentation skills, multimedia, GIS and graphic/imaging programs. Prior to entering the private sector he was a public agency Planning Director, responsible for department budgets, project oversight, personnel, coordinating Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings. Mr. Krout was also the lead project manager on multidisciplinary teams for major development and redevelopment projects in northern and southern Orange County. Previously, he was a Principal at a respected planning and environmental consulting firm, responsible for business development, project oversight, personnel management, and client relations. His successes include building the firm’s utility solar, education and residential development clientele.