To serve his clients Joe LaCava blends his skills as a civil engineer, development manager, community advocate, and public policy practitioner. From across the street to across the world, Joe has been a creative force and strategic manager on complex and high profile issues. Focusing on the Triple Bottom Line he leads community organizations and city-wide task forces; manages local non-profits; and, advocates on behalf of communities and neighborhoods.
If you need:
Change in public policy.
Coastal zone permitting.
Fresh leadership or strategy.
Management of the project team.
Due diligence for land acquisition.
Approvals to redevelop an urban property.
Community liaison for your construction project.
Local, state, federal permits for land development.
Then let's get started.
My experience includes:
• Manager and advisor for land acquisition, planning, development and disposition. • Key roles on nearly 100 development projects totaling over 60,000 acres and 50,000 lots. • Development permitting of infill, coastal, and environmentally sensitive properties. • Advise non-profit open space managers. • Feasibility analysis of properties in San Diego and across the western United States. • Manage infrastructure component of international projects (Canada, China, Papua New Guinea). • Serving clients from small builders and entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.
How do we empower neighborhoods and individuals? My approach is to strive for quality [re]development;
advocate for adequate infrastructure; encourage transparent and inclusive processes;
and, break through bureaucracy and conventional thinking.
Change can come slowly but with dedicated patience and persistance we can effect positive change.
Key Skills • Facilitative leadership of complex land use and public policy issues bringing diverse stakeholders together for mutual resolution. • Outreach through social, print, and television media. • Representing viewpoints in front of large audiences and media. • Assertive advocacy or neutral mediation as the situation requires. • Organize and manage large groups of volunteers. • Organize and lead public meetings on contentious issues. • Private fundraising through campaigns and direct contact. • Government relations including working with staff and elected leaders and presenting at public hearings.
• Member, Consolidated Plan Advisory Board (Mayoral Appointment) • Executive Committee, Housing You Matters Coalition • Sector Leader & Core Team Member, Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County • Past Chair, City of San Diego Community Planners Committee • Past Chair, City Council's Utility Undergrounding Advisory Committee • Past Chair, Mayor's Wireless Stakeholder's Review Committee (2010) • 2016 Honorary Mayor, Community of La Jolla • Lead Consultant, Formation of La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District • Past Chair, La Jolla community planning group • Past Vice Chair, Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force • Past President, Bird Rock Community Council • Past Manager and co-organizer, Bird Rock Maintenance Assessment District • Past Construction Liaison, Bird Rock Traffic Calming Project (roundabouts) • Past Chair, Planning Chairs Stakeholders Table, Civic SD Community Benefits Consensus Porject • Past Member, Coastal Rail Trail Advisory Committee • Past Member, Avenida de la Playa Construction Mitigation Advisory Group
Partnering with government is the most effective way to advance private,
neighborhood and community initiatives. Whether it is a private land development
or solving neighborhood problems, a positive working relationship assures that all parties are
respecting their individual needs while working towards a common solution.
Recent Issues I have been a private advisor and outspoken participant on public policy issues as diverse as open goverment, open data, redistricting, business improvement districts, maintenance assessment districts, traffic calming, medical marijuana, fire pits, beach advertising, parks, coastal access, farmer's market, privately-funded public art, and, protecting community engagement in city processes.
• Member, Consolidated Plan Advisory Board (Mayoral Appointment) • Member, Environmental Health Specialist Registration Committee (State Appointment) • Sector Leader & Core Team Member, Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County • Past Member, Pure Water Working Group • Past Member, Geographic Targeting Advisory Group for CDBG Funding • Past Chair, City's Utility Undergrounding Advisory Committee • Past Chair, Mayor's Wireless Stakeholder's Review Committee • Past Member, County of San Diego's Live Well San Diego Thriving Housing Action Team • Past Member, Pedestrian Safety Working Group, City of San Diego • Past Member, Coastal Rail Trail Advisory Committee, City of San Diego • Past Member, Mayor's Livable Streets Advisory Committee • Past Member, Deputy Director Interview Panel, City of San Diego • Past Member, Consultant Selection Interview Panel, City of San Diego • Past Member, Avenida de la Playa Construction Mitigation Advisory Group • Past Member, Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Working Group, SANDAG • Past Member, Captain's Advisory Board, San Diego Police Department, Northern
Representative Speaking Engagements • Moderator, C3 Taking an Aggressive Approach to San Diego's Housing Potential • Moderator, ULI Overcoming Barriers with Creative Solutions Symposium • Guest Lecturer, New School of Architecture • Panelist, Sustainability in the East Village • Guest Speaker, 2015 Onion & Orchid Award • Guest Lecturer, Woodbury School of Architecture • Community Education Session, North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project, Encinitas, CA • Product Demonstration Showcase (Roundabouts), Federal Highway Administration. • Guest Lecturer, University of San Diego Graduate Real Estate Program
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