INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS- CALIFORNIA BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, LA CHAPTER Board Member Governmental Affairs Committee:
- Closely working with department heads of LA City Planning, Public Works, and LADBS providing industry feedback on proposed legislation impacting development (ie. Quimby fee increase, Small Lot Ordinance, JJJ)
- Collaborate and actively engaged with LADWP-builder roundtable to improve the DWP engineering process.
- Successfully executed legislative reform for protected tree removal process in the City of LA between Department of Urban Forestry and City Planning.
- Work with City Planners on Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines.
Highlights of Professional Experience:
- Overseeing the pre-construction, development design, and permitting approvals for a $35M luxury condo mixed-use project in Downtown LA consisting of 77 units, 9-stories over 3 levels of subterranean parking.
- Representing Clients at Public Hearings to obtain the requested discretionary and ministerial approvals for multifamily projects.
- Solving complex and political challenges for Clients in order to keep the project on schedule.
- Comprehensive due diligence & feasibility analysis for purposes of evaluating development risk.
- Managed and processed the entitlements (Tract Map, Zone Change, General Plan Amendment) for a 76-unit infill multifamily project (North Hills) in the City of LA;
- Responsible for the successful development and construction of a 200+ unit multifamily project in the City of LA (Sylmar), and a 64-unit small lot subdivision (Chatsworth).
- Value-engineered the Sylmar project’s drainage design netting a savings of approximately $180,000.
- Successfully processed a complex Encroachment Permit with State Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) resulting in a savings of $900,000 of grading, onsite drainage, and retaining wall construction.
- Management responsibilities include: creation/maintenance of land development budgets, weekly reporting, project milestone schedules, lobbying City public officials and City Council planning deputies, management of BRE processing, and HOA set-up and turnover.
Specializing in urban infill projects, Ben managed multiple residential projects in the City of Los Angeles & Ventura:
- Directly overseeing all entitlements, land development, and product development of new and re-use product for LA City Small Lot projects as well as greenfield subdivisions.
- Successfully navigated and overcame political challenges in dealing with public agency staff, Council District staff, Neighborhood Councils, and LADWP staff.
- Maintain land development budgets and timeline schedules on a regular basis
Entitlements / Forward Planning / Project Management Capabilities
- Identify, manage and solve complex land planning and entitlement issues in asset management cases and interact with high level public officials.
- Manage and cultivate the relationships with JV /financial equity partners on multi-million dollar projects.
- Execute the company’s business plan’s fiscal objectives of procuring land-use entitlements and community design for a $50 Million master plan project.
- Implement site planning techniques and value engineering resulting in an increase to the master plan’s density by 20% – yielding 1500+ units.
- Manage a team of consultants in various disciplines (architect, engineer, geotech, biologist, etc).
- Process and secure approvals for Tentative Tract Maps with local municipalities, General Plan Amendment, and contributed to the formation of a regional Flood Control Maintenance District. • Expedite local agency and Federal government approvals for regional drainage & hazardous flood studies which modeled complex alluvial floodplain hydrology and saved millions of dollars by avoiding flood insurance
NOTABLE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
204-unit project in Sylmar, Los Angeles (3-story slab on-grade townhome)
Ben was instrumental in managing the final engineering (including utility planning), processing the final map for recordation, and overseeing product design, and managing offsite development. This project presented complex issues requiring immense political horsepower to overcome multiple challenges. Some of these included obtaining Site Plan substantial conformance, vacating a public street, processed a Zoning Administrators Adjustment for 12-foot retaining walls and modified setbacks, acquired a real estate remnant parcel owned by the City, and obtained permission from the Department of Urban Forestry and Board of Public Works to remove a protected Tree.
Ben value-engineered the project’s approved drainage design netting a savings of approximately $180,000. Additionally, he processed an Encroachment Permit with State Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) resulting in a savings of $900,000 of grading, onsite drainage, and retaining wall construction.
64-unit Small Lot project in Van Nuys, Los Angeles (3-story slab on-grade row townhomes)
Ben contracted and managed the design and approval process for architecture, civil engineering, and landscape architecture. Ben worked closely with Richmond American’s national architecture team to implement 5-inch air space detached architecture product, a new direction for the company. He oversaw the HOA formation and BRE process for the community while coordinating the in-tract improvements. Ben successfully obtained neighborhood support and Zoning Administrator’s approval for a fence height variance.
400-acre Rosamond Master Plan / Capital Pacific Homes
Ben secured agency approvals for 10 Tentative Tract Maps comprising a total of 1500+ units, a General Plan Amendment; the results of his efforts led to the formation of a regional Flood Control Maintenance District. He expedited local agency and Federal government approvals for regional drainage & hazardous flood studies which modeled complex alluvial floodplain hydrology and saved over $18 million by avoiding flood insurance.