Summit Environmental Group, Inc.

Balancing Blueprints and Beaches for a Better California

About Us

At Summit Environmental Group, Inc., we don’t just work for you—we work with you to achieve your goals and desired outcomes. Led by our Principal and Senior Project Manager, Leslea Meyerhoff, our multi-disciplinary team of planners, scientists, engineers, and economists offers unparalleled expertise and comprehensive solutions tailored specifically for our highly valued clients.


What Sets Us Apart

Our focus on science, technical expertise, strong project management, and dedicated client care has positioned Summit as a small business industry leader since our inception in 2004. We don’t just meet standards; we set them.

Our Mission

We are committed to advancing a balance between economic and environmental sustainability. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution or approach to meeting our clients’ needs and attaining their desired outcomes. We develop tailored solutions for our clients as we navigate the regulatory landscape of environmental regulations to ensure our clients’ objectives are met.

Our Expertise

Summit is your strategic partner in managing complex California coastal, land-use, and environmental regulations supporting project delivery. We have an established team of highly experienced technical experts and hand-selected team members on a project-by-project basis for our clients and their projects.

Our primary areas of expertise include:

  • Coastal resiliency planning and project advancement
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Regulatory permitting and compliance
  • Project management and adjunct staff services


We are honored to have received the Bruin Business 100 award, recognizing UCLA alumni entrepreneurs. Summit is also a certified Small Business and a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) in California, and we proudly hold the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification.

Our Services

Coastal Resiliency Planning

  • Coastal Resiliency Building & Adaptation Strategy Planning
  • Local Coastal Programs, Policy Development, & LCP Amendments
  • Shoreline Management/Protection Planning & Permitting

Regulatory Compliance, Permitting, & Impact Assessment

  • CEQA & NEPA Assessments, Reporting, & Compliance
  • Discretionary Permit Application Preparation & Processing
  • Land Use Planning & Development Laws & Regulations

Resource & Risk Management

  • Constraints and Opportunities Assessment / Due Diligence
  • Resource Inventory, Management & Planning
  • Local Hazard Mitigation Planning

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Our Team

Under Leslea’s skilled leadership, we assemble project-specific teams, giving you access to top experts in their fields. Our team’s talents range from biology to coastal engineering to energy and water quality.

Our accomplished team includes experts in the following disciplines:

  • Biological Resources
  • Coastal Science and Engineering
  • Cultural Resources
  • Economics and Fiscal Impacts
  • Energy
  • GHG and Air Quality
  • GIS and Mapping
  • Land Use Planning
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Water Quality
  • Transportation
  • Tribal Cultural Resources

Meet Leslea Meyerhoff, AICP, MA

Leslea Meyerhoff brings 20+ years of professional experience in coastal resiliency planning and project development, environmental review, and regulatory permitting expertise to her role as Principal and Senior Project Manager. Holding an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA with a specialization in Environmental Analysis & Policy, she provides a strong academic foundation for Summit’s mission.

As the founder and driving force behind Summit Environmental Group, Inc., Leslea has honed her skills in environmental planning and regulatory compliance over two decades in the profession. She is proficient in preparing CEQA and NEPA documents for a range of clients, including local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as private clients. In addition, Leslea has valuable experience collaborating with elected officials at all levels of government to develop customized solutions to local and regional problems that transcend jurisdictional boundaries.

Her leadership reflects Summit’s commitment to providing the highest levels of client service. Leslea’s insights into California’s unique environmental challenges enables the Summit team to develop strategic client solutions. She is unwavering in her dedication to achieving project goals that reflect both a commitment to environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.

Her affiliations include:

  • Past Director, American Shore & Beach Preservation Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • California Shore and Beach Preservation Association
  • Association of Environmental Professionals
  • American Planning Association
  • San Diego Section Legislative Chair, American Planning Association
  • Member, California Chapter, APA, Legislative Review Team
  • Founding Member, Carlsbad Charitable Foundation
  • Friend of the Coast, California Coastal Coalition
  • City of Carlsbad CERT Team #11

Current & Past Clients
We Serve and Support

Local, Regional, State Agencies, & Special Districts

  • Capistrano Bay Community Services District
  • City of Aliso Viejo
  • City of Carpinteria
  • City of Coronado
  • City of Hermosa Beach
  • City of Imperial Beach
  • City of La Cañada Flintridge
  • City of Laguna Beach
  • City of Laguna Niguel
  • City of Lemon Grove
  • City of National City
  • City of Oceanside
  • City of Pismo Beach
  • City of San Clemente
  • City of Solana Beach
  • City of Torrance
  • City of Vista
  • County of Los Angeles, Department of Beaches and Harbors
  • County of Orange, Parks Department
  • County of San Diego
  • Lakeside Fire Protection District
  • San Diego Unified Port District
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Utilities & Private Companies

  • Amec Foster Wheeler/Wood
  • Anchor QEA
  • Badiee Development
  • Bragado Planning
  • Cabrillo Power, LLC
  • CityPlace Planning
  • Community Catalyst
  • Michael Baker International
  • Morrison Hershfield
  • NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Red Point Homes
  • Ryan Companies

Recent Highlights

Problem Solvers Caucus
Collaborating with Leaders: Presenting at the State of California Problem Solvers Caucus, 2023
Preparing for the Beach Restoration project in San Clemente, 2023
Active Engagement: Preparing for the Beach Restoration project in San Clemente, 2023