Joseph W. Freeman


Joe heads the firm’s Environmental Documentation and Permitting practice. He has over 30 years of experience with environmental documentation for a wide range of industrial, commercial, and public agency development projects. In particular, while acting as Project Manager and Regulatory Specialist for projects related to MassDOT, Joe prepared a wide range of NEPA and MEPA documentation including NEPA Class of Action Determination correspondence, Environmental Assessments (EAs), and Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs). MEPA documents prepared have included Environmental Notification Forms (ENFs), Draft and Final Environmental Impact Reports (DEIRs and FEIRs), Notices of Project Change (NPCs) and Section 61 Findings. Joe is thoroughly conversant with current NEPA and MEPA requirements and practices, and is a former analyst with the MEPA Unit, where he was principally responsible for the review of more than 250 projects.

Joe has successfully obtained local, state, and federal environmental permits for public and private land development and infrastructure projects, including wetlands permits under local wetlands ordinances and by-laws, the state wetlands and stream alteration laws and regulations, and Army Corps of Engineers permits under the Clean Water Act. He has also obtained Water Quality Certifications, Chapter 91 Waterways Licenses, US Coast Guard Bridge permits, Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrences, and NPDES stormwater discharge permits under state and EPA jurisdiction. He has also obtained approvals from federal and state agencies for work affecting rare and endangered species habitats in upland and aquatic environments. His project experience ranges from small land development projects to major public infrastructure projects including Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel project.

Joe holds a BA from Goddard College as well as an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University. He is a member of several professional affiliations, including the American Council of Engineering Companies/Massachusetts for which he is the Co-Chair of the Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee, as well as a 20-year member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in his hometown of Hingham, MA.