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Primo Tapia

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Primo Tapia is an environmental permitting, regulatory compliance, and entitlement consultant with more than 27 years of experience. He is the vice president of Envicom Corporation, a Southern California-based professional services consulting firm that specializes in environmental impact assessment, urban planning and design, real estate development and entitlement, land valuation, and habitat restoration. He has extensive experience in the preparation of environmental constraints analyses and development impact analyses pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as in the acquisition of resource entitlements and permits and in the implementation of mitigation compliance programs during construction and operational phases of projects. Tapia has served as analyst, lead author, and project manager for several complex, large-scale CEQA projects that require the coordination of diverse, multidisciplinary teams that include scientists, planners, engineers, and environmental attorneys, as well as federal, state, and local agency personnel. Paramount among these are his work on the Pepperdine University Campus Life Project and Malibu Institute Development. Tapia has also processed residential, commercial, and utility infrastructure projects located on federal, state, and privately owned land throughout California. Additionally, he has successfully coordinated the acquisition of resource permits from various agencies, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the California Coastal Commission.


  • BA, Geography, California State University, Northridge


  • Entitlement
  • Environmental Policy
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Land Valuation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Urban Planning