WHO WE AREEstablished in 1999, Craig Lawson & Co., LLC is a land use consulting firm offering a full range of real estate project entitlement and zoning services. Based in West Los Angeles, Craig Lawson & Co., LLC draws from a professional and cohesive staff of 12 employees committed to providing quality services to the real estate development community, investors, corporate real estate owners, land use attorneys, project managers, public agencies and non-profit organizations. Over the last fifteen years, Craig Lawson & Co., LLC has achieved a 99% success rate in the approval of entitlement applications for complex high-rise, mixed-use, residential, commercial, retail, industrial, institutional, non-profit, and governmental projects.
WHAT WE DOZoning Research and Land Use Analysis/Due Diligence
Research and analysis of current zoning restrictions, land use designations, previous zoning approvals, “Q” Conditions and “D” Limitations, building permits, covenants, and affidavits.
Pre-Development Consulting and Feasibility Analysis
Land Use Entitlement Applications and Public Hearings
Other Land Use and Permitting Services
Craig Lawson & Co., LLC has excellent working relationships with qualified architects, environmental consultants, land use attorneys, traffic engineers, community outreach specialists, title companies, civil engineers, land surveyors, appraisers, market research analysts, and other professionals who can be recommended as members of a project team.
|Craig Lawson, President, has over 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including 15 years at Craig Lawson & Co., LLC, 12 years at C.W. Cook Co., Inc., a well-known Los Angeles land use planning, civil engineering and surveying firm, and nearly 10 years as urban planning, transportation policy, and economic development advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. Craig served as Mayor Bradley’s liaison to the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee (for the 1984 Olympic Games), liaison to the L.A. City Planning Commission, and alternate on the L.A. County Transportation Commission (planners of the Metro Rail subway system). In 1989, he was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley (and re-appointed by Mayor Richard Riordan) to serve as a Commissioner on for the L.A. Convention Center Authority which oversaw the management and financing of the $500 million L.A. Convention Center Expansion project. Craig served on the L.A. Convention Center Authority for 13 years, and he presently serves (or has served) on the Board of several local charities and non-profit entities, including Menorah Housing Foundation, Alternative Living for the Aging, the Los Angeles Headquarters Association, Jewish Federation Real Estate Cabinet, and the Southern California Real Estate Alliance. He was inducted as a member of Lambda Alpha International (honorary society for the advancement of land economics), and is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves on the Management Advisory Board and the Program Committee for the L.A. Chapter.
James D. Ries, Vice President, supervises the firm’s staff in processing a wide range of entitlements for development projects. Jim has been with Craig Lawson & Co., LLC for over 15 years, prior to which he was an urban planner at the firms of: C.W. Cook Co., Inc., Malibu Bay Company, Bobrow/Thomas & Assoc., and Stanley Hoffman & Assoc. Jim’s professional achievements include: securing entitlements for major multi-family residential projects (including affordable housing projects) that locate housing near jobs and transit, and obtaining local approval for numerous adaptive-reuse projects (industrial to residential) in the urban core (Arts District). Jim is an appointed member, and past Chair, of the City of Santa Monica Planning Commission, City of Los Angeles Commercial Reuse Task Force, and has served as Chairperson of the City of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Task Force. He is also a member of the Westside Urban Forum.