The Orange County Board of Supervisors appoints five Development Processing Review Committee (DPRC) representatives, each representing a district of the County.
1st District | Appointment 2004
Michael Recupero is the principal owner of Recupero and Associates, Inc., a governmental relations firm established in 1973, assisting landowners, cities and businesses in strategic planning, regulatory compliance and achieving entitlement results. A former litigator and mediator, Michael serves as a liaison between industry interests, municipal governments and regulatory agencies.
John R. O'Neill
1st District | Appointment 2019
On November 8, 2016, John R. O’Neill was elected to the Garden Grove City Council. Born and raised in Garden Grove, his parents settled in Garden Grove during the City’s incorporation year of 1956.
Council Member O’Neill started his working career at the age of 13 in the hospitality industry in Anaheim. He developed a 34-year professional career in the electrical construction industry, excelling in several capacities, including company CEO. Mr. O'Neill is a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Orange County, and has served in both labor & management capacities since 1985.
He currently serves as a trustee and committee member for the Orange County Electrical Training Trust, and is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and CA State Certified Electrician.
His history of public service includes membership on the Garden Grove Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission, Garden Grove Planning Commission, and Orange County Water District Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
Council Member O’Neill has been married for 33 years, and has three adult children. He enjoys water skiing, camping, and spending time with his family.
2nd District | Appointment 1997
Rancho Mission Viejo, Vice President, Planning and Entitlement
Jay has 35+ years urban planning and entitlement experience in Orange County. For the past 20 years Jay has coordinated entitlement efforts for Rancho Mission Viejo (the last four as an employee, and previously as a full-time consultant), for both the Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo planned 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 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Orange County/Inland Empire Advisory Board and is chairman of the elder board of SeaCoast Grace church in Cypress.
Richard C. Lutzky
2nd District | Appointment 2018
Richard C. Lutzky has worked in the real estate development industry since 1982. In his over 36 years of experience he has participated in the development of over 6.5 million square feet of commercial real estate. In 1998, Richard founded Lutzky Associates Development, LP providing commercial real estate project management and owner’s representative services. Lutzky Associates has built an impressive client base including The First American Corporation, the County of Los Angeles and Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC. Notable project completed by Lutzky Associates include The First American world headquarters campus and the Bowers Museum expansion both in Santa Ana, California; Ladera Corporate Terrace and Ladera Sports Center both in Ladera Ranch, California and the First American/CoreLogic Data Centers in Santa Ana, California and Dallas, Texas.
Richard was raised in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance. He is a past board member and remains actively involved with Laura’s House, a state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency.
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).
3rd District | Appointment 2007
Joe has been active in the construction industry for 35+ years. His career started in the field working on 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.
Experience 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, Pulte Group, Taylor Morrison 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.
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.
4th District | Appointment 2014
William Lyon Homes
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.
5th District | Appointment 2019
Vice President Forward Planning Christopher Homes / PLC Apartments
Patrick has almost 30-years experience working in the homebuilding industry, he cut his teeth in residential homebuilding in high school, working in the field for William Lyon Homes. While attending college at UC Berkeley, he worked the counter for City of Berkeley Public Works where he implemented streamlining processes for City RFPs and developed Public Works FAQ and fast track processes for resident issues. He then accepted a position as assistant program director for home rehabilitation nonprofit, Christmas in April – Albany/Berkeley, where in his first year, proposed, drafted, and obtained CDBG and other grants that took the annual home rehabilitation budget from $30K per year to over $300 per year. Upon transferring to Cal Poly, Patrick landed a design and drafting position with Lind and Associates Architecture, where he planned communities and designed homes for some of California’s premier homebuilders. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, Patrick found himself back at William Lyon Homes. During his tenure he worked is way up to senior project manager, and was responsible for acquisition, design, entitlement, and construction management of over 3,000 homes throughout Southern California. While at Lyon, Patrick was the lead liaison to mega master developers, The Irvine Company, Rancho Mission Viejo, Lewis Communities, and Lennar/Five Points, where he implemented complex projects on ultra-streamlined schedules. In 2013 Patrick joined the Christopher Homes team where he heads land planning, architectural design, and project management for the firm. He, along with his family of teammates are known for complex, high quality, infill residential projects and apartments throughout Southern California.
Out of the office, Patrick is a loving husband and devoted father of two daughters. When not supporting his daughters at school events and dance competitions, he can be found driving, racing and tinkering with classic cars or enjoying the outdoors on bicycle.
Patrick holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Patrick has served on the BIA board of directors, enjoys mentoring emerging young professionals in the industry, and is proud to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He continues to apply the work ethic, morals and team based camaraderie learned as a youth to his professional and personal life today.
Jeffrey Okamoto, Vice Chair
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.
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