We Are 
Rocca Development

project Managers, Land use Consultants, Feasibility Experts

about us

Rocca Development represents contractors, owners, developers, and real estate agents.
We enter residential & commercial ground-up projects at different stages throughout the development timeline, but realize the most value added to a project when involved from the conceptual phase through the final inspection sign-off.

OUR EXPERTISE

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Due Diligence

Analysis of client objectives, government codes, and property characteristics to determine the highest and best use of a site. 

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Expediting

Submit plan checks, coordinate corrections, clear conditions, and obtain building permits through a maximally efficient procedure.

Government Relations

Accelerated permitting timelines are achieved through personal working relations with government officials from multiple city sectors.

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Project Management

Detail-oriented management approach from beginning to end, to make a shovel ready project that goes above and beyond client expectations.

Why us

Rocca Development is LA’s expert land use/entitlement resource and is known for expediting complex development projects from feasibility study to shovel-ready.

Rocca Development employs its cutting edge services to deliver clarity in navigating zoning regulations as well as other local and state development laws, streamlining the building process by solidifying the link between brokers, developers, and municipalities.

We work with real estate developers, non-profits, investors, land use law firms, individual home owners and more within the City and County of Los Angeles.

 

  • You need expert land use consultants who understand your needs in real estate development and investment.
  • You need us to add value to your project.
  • We are that rarity you need: A full-service, A to Z pre and post development firm.
  • We cater to both large and small clients.
  • You need an adaptive partner that can always shape their services to fit your needs.
  • Our team has a 100% success record in land use approvals. A track record you need on your side.

We’ve Proudly Worked for

Etco Homes, one of our many loyal clients, is a privately held and award-winning builder developing LA’s luxury condos with ocean views in Pacific Palisades to modern living condos in the heart of West Hollywood.

We have also proudly worked for WJK Development, Duke Development, Warmington Homes, DR Horton, Century Communities, Van Daele Homes, among others.

Our clients benefit from our comprehensive feasibility development analyses, expert entitlements of small lot subdivisions, multifamily (TOC), condos, and luxury single-family custom homes.

Some of the Great Teams We Work With

We work with some of the most talented architects and engineers in the industry. Our list includes, but not limited to:  Ken Stockton Architects, Aaron Brumer & Associates, 64North, Bucilla Group Architecture, KTGY, KPFF Engineers, CW Howe Engineers, United Civil Inc., Pacific Coast Civil, Stantec, and Sikand Engineering.

Our Team

Ben Rocca

Ben has over 20 years of real estate development experience and a proven track record in all aspects of development with 5,000+ units across California. His specialties include identifying urban infill projects ripe for redevelopment, entitlements for ground-up multifamily, affordable, mixed-use, single-family subdivisions, and unique hillside custom spec home developments.

Ben understands how best to evaluate a preliminary site plan, leverage relationships with key government staff, rally community support from stakeholders, and execute the business plan project timelines. He provides consistent leadership through the entire entitlement process, including negotiations with brokers, sellers, and governmental officials.

James Woodson

A native Jayhawker who earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas, James began his Land Use career with LA County Dept of Regional Planning. After 10 years promoting through various County Depts, he sought more and moved to the private sector, starting with obtaining Conditional Use Permits for AT&T Cell site locations and eventually growing to take on all residential use entitlements for single and multi-family projects, resolving regulatory challenges and development restrictions for numerous high net worth investor clients.

To continue expanding his professional journey, James has readily accepted this unique opportunity to join the Rocca Development Team.

Erwin Cruz

Erwin Cruz was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics and Urban Studies in 2018. Erwin’s career began interning as a planning assistant for a small design firm in newport Beach, CA. Before joining Rocca Development, Erwin was an AutoCAD Drafter for a small telelcommunication firm in Rosemead, CA. Erwin plans to pursue his Master’s degree from USC’s Master of Real Estate Development program in the near future.

Kimberly Rino

Kimberly possesses over 20+ years of extensive knowledge and experience in the principles and practices of residential and commercial real estate, project and construction management, sales, leasing, investment analysis, client services and raising capital. Most of her career accomplishments are the result of tenured experience with such firms as CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Guggenheim Partners, BIG Shopping Centers USA (TASE:BIG), and Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE: SRG). She comes to Rocca Development with key relationships within the industry. While commercial real estate is clearly her professional passion, Ms. Rino (pr. Reno) is also a mother of four children. Her personal favorite is advocacy for individuals with autism as her second oldest son was diagnosed in 1997 when resources were quite minimal. Kimberly loves being with her kids, running, hiking, involvement in youth sports, as well as inspiring young people to join the commercial real estate industry.

Alex Olsen

Originally from the Midwest, Alex spent his undergraduate years on the East Coast graduating from Colby College with a degree in Economics.  He began his career working for Greenwich Associates before joining the Financial Sponsors Group at J.P. Morgan in New York City.  Alex relocated to Los Angeles in 2015 to work for Metropoulos & Company, a family office investing across both the public and private markets.  Alex is currently enrolled in the Masters in Construction Management program at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

services

Project Evaluation

 Governmental, Regulations, Community Attitudes and Market Conditions all affect projects. Some rules are written, others proposed or implied. Rocca Development has the resources, experience, and judgment to research and recommend what will be required.

Project Entitlements

Often a proposed project is dependent on entitlements. Rocca Development prepares and processes General Plan Amendments, Zone Changes, Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Environmental Assessment Forms, Tentative Tract Maps, Parcel Maps, Lot Line Adjustments, Private Street Maps, and Street Vacations.

Permit Processing

Rocca Development processors are in City Hall five days a week to clear conditions, post bonds, obtain clarifications, modifications, and administrative rulings.

Plan Check Coordination

Even your most competent designer may be reduced to frustration and confusion by the bureaucratic maze of clearances and sign offs. Rocca Development has a staff of specialists who deal with these matters on a daily basis. We not only get you through the system in the most efficient manner, but in many cases can obtain informal or administrative rulings that will simplify or improve the project.

Project Coordination / Management

The effort of each team member needs to be coordinated to avoid delay, miscommunication, and duplication. Rocca Development integrates all activities, agencies and consultants into an efficient whole.

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