The Orange County Board of Supervisors appoints five Development Processing Review Committee (DPRC) Representatives, each representing a district of the County.
Michael Recupero - 1st District Appointment 2004
Recupero and Associates
Michael Recupero has served as the vice chair of the Development Process Review Committee since 2004. He is a principal of Recupero and Associates, Inc., an Orange County based governmental relations firm.
Representative clients include The Irvine Company, The Boy Scouts of America, Toll Brothers, Inc., Ocean View School District and The City of Anaheim.
Started in 1973, Recupero and Associates, Inc. assists developers, landowners and businesses through the entitlement and administrative processes. Additionally, Michael serves his private and public clients in complying with water quality regulations.
Prior to working in governmental relations Michael practiced litigation in San Francisco where he also served as a mediator and adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. Michael grew up in Orange County and attended Mater Dei High School.
Vacant- 2nd District
Jay Bullock - 2nd District Appointment 1997
Planning Solutions, Inc.
Jay has 24 years experience as an urban planner and entitlement consultant. For the past eight years Jay has served as a full-time consultant to Rancho Mission Viejo, coordinating entitlement efforts for the Ladera Ranch and Ranch Plan communities.
Jay previously worked as a planning consultant to the Irvine Company, Lennar Homes, William Lyon Homes, and as a planner for the County of Orange. Jay received a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Jay serves on the Building Industry Association (BIA) Local Governmental Affairs Committee and the Orange County Fire Authority Advisory Committee, and is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Rick Fitch - 3rd District Appointment 1992
Hunsaker & Associates Irvine, Inc., Assistant Vice President, Project Management
Rick has 33 years experience as an urban planner, problem solver, mediator and technical translator. Rick currently serves as manager of Governmental Relations/Entitlement for projects in Orange, LA, Riverside and San Bernardino County.
Rick previously worked as a planner for the County of Orange and the California Coastal Commission. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Biscayne College, Miami, Florida and has completed course work University of California, Irvine in Urban Planning.
Rick serves on the Building Industry Association (BIA) Local Governmental Affairs Committee and the Orange County Fire Authority Advisory Committee, and is a member of the American Planning Association (APA).
Joe Lambert - 3rd District Appointment 2007
Construction Planning Services (CPS) - President
Joe has been active in the construction industry for over 25 years. His career started in the field as a framer for a number of commercial and residential projects. Soon after, he began managing the permit process for growing developments throughout Southern California within the public and private sectors. Joe has earned a reputation within industry circles as a highly skilled, forward thinking operations manager. He has served as the front end for multiple master development communities, demonstrating diligence with tasks presented, ability to problem solve barriers, and has manifested the interpersonal skills required to optimally manage the permit process for highly complex projects.
Experiences acquired through opportunities within a leading permit entitlement management company, ultimately led Joe to expedite his own business, Construction Planning Services. The team at CPS has incorporated technology and foresight to provide services to agencies and development teams, including Rancho Mission Viejo, Chevron Land Development, Shea Homes, as well as other leading land developers throughout the region. Since 2009, CPS has grown from an individually run vision to a team with dedicated staff members providing outreach initiatives to developers and various agencies, putting client goals at the forefront of all projects rendered.
Carl Taylor, DPRC Vice Chair - 4th District Appointment 1992
Carl Taylor is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 34 years of experience in urban land development, public works, and transportation projects, predominantly in Orange County.
Through his extensive work for private developers, Mr. Taylor developed strong working relationships with County of Orange staff, and became extremely knowledgeable of the County's development process. Strongly motivated to improve that process for the benefit of all involved, Mr. Taylor sought appointment and has served the citizens of Orange County for 18 years as a 4th District appointee to the Board of Supervisors' Development Processing Review Committee (DPRC).
First appointed by Supervisor Don Roth in 1992, and subsequently reappointed by every 4th District Supervisor since, Mr. Taylor has been one of the longest-tenured and most active members of the DPRC. Using his expertise and experience in successfully navigating the County's development process, Mr. Taylor has been a leader in working to streamline, clarify and communicate the County's development process, which has benefited the citizens and applicants, the County staff, and the development industry in Orange County. In 2003, the Board of Supervisors honored Mr. Taylor with a proclamation commending him for his work on the DPRC.
Mr. Taylor has also been closely and actively involved on a volunteer basis with OC Public Works in developing and reviewing their engineering design criteria, standards and procedures through his longstanding participation on their Design Manual Committee and Standard Plans Committee. He is co-author of the first and second editions of the Orange County Highway Design Manual, and has contributed to numerous Design Manual addenda, and updates and revisions to the Standard Plans Manual. Mr. Taylor has received three Board of Supervisors' commendations for his participation and professional contributions to the Design Manual, the Standard Plans Manual, the Local Drainage Manual, and the Highway Design Manual.
Mr. Taylor has utilized his extensive knowledge of the County's design criteria and standards on numerous projects for the County of Orange, including La Pata Avenue Gap Closure, and On Call Contract assignments for OC Public Works and OC Parks.
In addition to registration in California as a Professional Civil Engineer, Mr. Taylor has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He lives in Mission Viejo, and is a Vice President of Huitt-Zollars, Inc. in their Irvine office. Mr. Taylor is an active member of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, and is very involved in ministry to alcoholics, drug addicts, the homeless, and people living with HIV, primarily in central Orange County.
Jim Holas - 4th District Appointment 2014
Shea Homes – Southern California – Director of Community Development
Jim has almost 20 years of experience working as a Development Project Manager and Landscape Designer for residential development throughout Southern California. Jim is currently Director of Community Development for Shea Homes and manages the due diligence, consultant coordination for entitlement and construction documents, permit processing, community coordination, project reimbursements, bond exoneration and HOA Board representative for projects throughout Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino County.
Jim started his as a Landscape Designer and was able to work on several master planned communities throughout Orange County and Riverside County. Experience gained through collaboration with developers and several consulting teams provided him the experience to jump into project management for developments throughout Southern California.
Jim has a degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, is a licensed Landscape Architect and a LEED® Accredited Professional. He has been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve, through the Building Industry Association, on several committees to help streamline and improve processing through several agencies include the County of Orange, County of Riverside, City of Eastvale, City of Menifee and Southern California Edison.
Vacant - 5th District
Jeffrey Okamoto - 5th District Appointment 2013
RBF Consulting, a Company of the Michael Baker International, LLC - Vice President of Land Use Development
Mr. Okamoto has over 29 years of diverse civil engineering experience and is involved in all aspects of urban development from project management to construction support. His clients are local and national Homebuilders and Southern California Land Developers working on varies project from preliminary designs and final construction plans for multi-disciplined land development projects.
Jeff has previously worked as a design engineer with Fred Schott & Associates in San Luis Obispo / Santa Maria and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for Building Industry Association (BIA) / Orange County, BIA’s Local Governmental Affairs Committee and a member American Society of Civil Engineers. He was appointed by 5th District Supervisor Patricia Bates and has resided in Rancho Santa Margarita for over twenty years.