Developer steps back from hot-button project, citing "personal reasons."
Controversial developer Dan Palmer has resigned as President
of Las Lomas Land Company, LLC, citing “personal reasons.”
Company chairman Alan Joelson, has now also assumed the role
of president and Southbrook/Calgrove,
LLC the majority owner (wholly owned by Joelson and his family interests) has
Joelson said, "We are very grateful for all the work
and effort put in by Dan into this project of which he is the originator and we
wish him every success for the future. We sincerely regret that he has resigned
for personal reasons at this stage."
As the point man for the Las Lomas Project , a massive development proposed for a 555-acre parcel just south of
the Santa Clarita city limits and just north of Los Angeles city
limits, in the hills near the junction of the I-5 and 14 freeways, Palmer attended many
community meetings, trying to sell the idea of a contained community, touting
the project’s “smart growth” potential, job creation and income generation.
The City of
opposed the project, as did the City of
Both city councils voted to stop the project in March 2008 and Palmer filed a lawsuit
in Superior Court against the LA City Council in June.