Occasionally people have the idea that what we do isn’t all that involved. In most cases, those people have not had to work with agency employees constrained by bureaucracy and budgeting. Our system works because we’re thorough. Our clients win because we care about them and their projects. We’re available during the process, with the answers to the questions our clients ask.
—Barry Stubbs, Partner

Abbey, Stubbs & Ford, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a firm like Abbey, Stubbs & Ford?
With many proposals requiring federal permits or authorizations, the legal and administrative complexities of state and federal land agencies have grown far beyond what the average land developer or municipal entity can easily manage.

The partners at Abbey, Stubbs & Ford have precise knowledge of case law and pertinent regulations and policies that apply to our clients’ interests. We have nearly 100 years of experience in the public and private sectors working with federal, state and local government agencies and jurisdictions. This experience has proved invaluable to our clients as they formulate their business strategies and finalize their plans.  

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If the region you serve is growing at such an explosive rate, aren’t the government agencies involved eager to simplify the permitting process?
While Nevada and other parts of the Southwest are experiencing unprecedented social, economic, environmental, and cultural changes, the federal and state agencies that manage land are slow to change, and their administrative processes create challenges for most customers.

Lands managed by the federal government and state governments are not exempt from increasing use and related impacts. Our ability to communicate directly with key agency personnel can save you money while greatly reducing clock time and hassle as you pursue your business goals.

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Are we required to be present at all agency meetings?
Abbey, Stubbs & Ford personnel will represent your interest in all meetings and discussions with agencies relating to project-planning and implementation. If you prefer not to be present or are unable to attend meetings, we’ll provide you with prompt and thorough feedback on the proceedings.

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Do you work outside Nevada?
Although we are based in southern Nevada, and do a good portion of our assignments there, we are actively involved on projects in Arizona, California, and other states with extensive public land ownership.

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What can be done in cases where we’ve historically run into roadblocks in securing permits, environmental approvals and land-use authorizations?
Abbey, Stubbs & Ford is aligned with several national lobbying firms and can help formulate legislative solutions to potential or existing agency obstacles. This course of action is used to obtain reviews and approvals specifically for projects that clearly demonstrate a public benefit. It’s usually the last option for pursuing necessary federal authorizations.  

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What are the partners’ personal reasons for being in this business?
Our partners believe communities should be healthy and safe and offer an excellent quality of life. We want our local economies to have entrepreneurial opportunities and be sustainable for future generations.

To achieve these goals, we must be smart when developing business strategies that may require permits or authorizations from federal and state regulatory agencies. Abbey, Stubbs & Ford can be helpful in developing these strategies by articulating the need for and describing the public benefit of private sector proposals, with the assurance that each proposal will incorporate best-management practices and appropriate mitigation measures.

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Why has it become so difficult to deal with state and federal land management agencies?
Land and resource management agencies have fewer dollars to manage their public assets than ever before. Employee numbers are steadily declining, and each new proposal places an additional burden on existing staffs. Today, more of the "on the ground" work is being performed by the private sector and public land stakeholders. Abbey, Stubbs & Ford has the demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills to work with clients and agency personnel on proposals that have the greatest chance of gaining agency approvals in the shortest possible time.

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What are some of the ways you help save us time in the process?
The partners at Abbey, Stubbs & Ford have served in key leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. We know the value of time, and we prepare ourselves to make the most efficient use of the time allotted for meetings and discussions. We will not recommend actions that we know have little chance of being approved.

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Where does leadership fit into the equation?
Given the challenges we face in the West and the ever-growing demands on limited natural resources, we must have strong leadership and direction at all levels of government and within our society. The partners at Abbey, Stubbs & Ford give back to communities by serving as board members on local, statewide and national nonprofit organizations. We understand how to work with the private and public sectors to achieve common goals.

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Will Abbey, Stubbs & Ford decline projects, or do you simply represent whoever walks through the door?
We often turn down business opportunities that others would take. For example, if after talking with a prospective client we conclude that we’re not the right firm to represent the client's interest, or if we don’t believe the proposal has any chance for success, we will decline the project.

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