Land Development

WCHP is one of the few companies with the capability to deliver lots today, as many of the major land developers in the region have been decimated by market turmoil over the last several years. Additionally, due to bankruptcy and loss of capital sources, the former major players are unable to complete large scale land development. In the past, public home builders undertook minimal land development, however, today they no longer have the resources to pursue this business model. Instead, these companies are focusing on finished lots where houses can be built and sold quickly. Currently, there is a definite shortage of manufacturing capacity in the land development business.

The WCHP team has over 20 years of experience processing land entitlements and acting as a land developer. Over this time, the team has delivered several thousand lots to production builders from projects ranging from stand-alone subdivisions to master-planned communities. The team is well-versed in all aspects of land development. A few of their major land developments are described below:

San Miguel Ranch – 750 Acres in Chula Vista, California
The 750-acre master planned community, located in Chula Vista, California, contains 1,046 detached homes, 339 condominiums, 29 acres of parks, a 10-acre commercial site, an elementary school, plus 244 acres of open space. After entitlements were obtained, the team restructured the project’s capital structure with CalPers’ equity, then acted as the project’s master developer managing a budget in excess of $100 million. As master developer, the team completed the mass grading, managed all of the major infrastructure (streets, water, sewer and utilities), developed wetlands and habitat mitigation sites, created the entire master-plan theme, and managed the master marketing program. WCHP then sold and delivered rough graded lots to merchant home builders such as Continental Homes, Pardee Homes, William Lyon Homes, Shea Homes and Buie Communities.

The Corona Valley – 300 Acres in Corona, California
After completing the entitlements, the team handled all of the required infrastructure, including the widening of major arterials along with the construction of regional flood control and sewer facilities. WCHP then sold all of the 1,240 lots to several home builders including Standard Pacific, Pulte, Centex and Woodside Homes.

North Shore at Mandalay Bay – 90 Acres in Oxnard, California
The site development commenced in 2007 with the approval by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the much anticipated Remedial Design and Implementation Plan (RDIP). The team oversaw a bulk grading and remediation effort exceeding $20 million. Grading and remediation for this site was onerous and required various jurisdictions claiming oversight, however, management was able to successfully navigate this. Part of the approvals required an off-site mitigation parcel, which had to be acquired and ultimately revegetated to the satisfaction of both the California Fish and Game and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering. The ability for this larger North Shore project to continue its development path hinged on this off-site project being successfully repaired. In order to attain this goal, the off-site parcel required a painstaking process of physically removing a vast area of invasive plant material, not native to local coastal dune habitat, and replacing it with native plant material that would ultimately protect the dunes. Vigorous scrutiny by these two jurisdictions was a daily occurrence. Concurrently, management also oversaw the installation of over one mile of major off-site sewer force main necessary for the ultimate build out of North Shore. This sewer force main was installed in and/or adjacent to numerous major streets. The grading and remediation element successfully culminated in 2008 with the DTSC issuing a No Further Action Memo allowing for the development of single-family homes.

Prior to forming WCHP in 2007, the principals of the company acquired over 60 residential sites, performed various land development activities, plus constructed over 3,500 single-family homes in the following California counties:

  • Kern
  • Los Angeles
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Joaquin
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Stanislaus
  • Ventura

Below is a sample of projects developed by the principals of WCHP since 1997:

Project Name Location

Number of Lots

Aspen Falls Corona Valley

85

Belrosa Chula Vista

105

Blossom Ridge Yucaipa

110

Bratton Imperial

293

Bridlewood Rancho Cucamonga

44

Cantilena West Hills

53

Casa La Costa San Diego

39

Chapala Temecula

116

Concerto Thousand Oaks

98

Corona Valley 92 Riverside County

92

Elms Corona Valley

114

Heritage I West Lancaster

82

Heritage II West Lancaster

43

Hidden Oaks Northridge

28

Hillstone Fontana

99

La Posada Temecula

104

La Terraza Atascadero

94

Las Sendas Temecula

87

Liberty Park West Lancaster

165

Mar Brisa Chula Vista

120

Meadow Ridge Highland

107

Monarch Cove Loma Linda

36

Montaire Simi Valley

138

Montecito Chula Vista

70

Monterey Views Monterey Park

48

Olive Creek Corona

98

Park Lane Thousand Oaks

48

Quorum San Marcos

106

Silverleaf Redlands

23

Sunset Ridge Granada Hills

83

Tamarind Corona

80

Temple Lofts Long Beach

82

Terra Bella Menifee

64

The Legends at Rancho Vista Palmdale

64

Traditions Lancaster

98

Traditions Palmdale

119

Traditions – Lancaster East Lancaster

139

Traditions – Palmdale East Palmdale

73

Trails 96 (Cimarron) Riverside County

96

Tuscan Grove Camarillo

10

Valle D’Oro Santa Clarita

111

Valley View Valley Center

115

Ventana Chula Vista

117

Victoria Highlands Rancho Cucamonga

119

Willows Corona Valley

109

Woodlands Chula Vista

77

Woods Valley Ranch Valley Center

57

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