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J. Whalen Associates, Inc. continues to provide expert project management services to clients on all land use matters. Clients are guaranteed the direct involvement of the principal of the firm, who is backed up by the most qualified experts in development planning, redevelopment, code enforcement, environmental science, governmental affairs, legal, and financial arenas. Projects have ranged in size from as few as five acres to over twenty-one thousand acres, as well as major electric and gas transmission projects. The firm represents public utilities in natural resource management, environmental and regulatory affairs, and public policy matters in California, as well as federal actions affecting the safe and reliable provision of electric power, natural gas, and water to California. In addition, the company has represented global renewable energy companies in obtaining approvals for commercial-scale wind and solar projects. J. Whalen Associates, Inc. is also known for its emphasis on meeting the land use and environmental needs of land-owning families. Our hallmark is achieving consensus-driven solutions to seemingly intractable development issues. Our firm is the authorized sales agent for the state-owned Crestridge Mitigation Bank and we create other mitigation banking solutions to help optimize value in difficult-to-utilize land.
Jim Whalen graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in wildlife biology, and began his career in the electric and gas utility business, followed by the oil industry. Jim arrived in San Diego in 1985 as an employee of Chevron Land and Development, and founded J. Whalen Associates, Inc. in 1993. For over twenty years, he has provided clients a consistently high level of service, guiding projects through the frequently opaque land development process, and often devising creative solutions to overcome even the most onerous development constraints.
Jim’s considerable experience with governmental affairs and land use entitlement in the San Diego region is virtually unmatched. In 2014, he was appointed to the City of San Diego Planning Commission by Mayor Kevin Faulconer – an honor and a testament to his reputation within the land development industry and deep knowledge of land use matters. Always seeking to stay on the leading edge of the industry, he is heavily involved with policy work at the San Diego Building Industry Association as the region prepares to comply with the rigorous new stormwater rules.
Jim particularly enjoys working with families and family companies to resolve their land use and environmental issues. In his free time, he can be found surfing, practicing yoga, or relaxing on his patio with a glass of wine and good friends.
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JAMES E. WHALEN
- Torrey Hills (1,983 residential units and over 931 Thousand-SF of office and retail space)
- Ocotillo Wells 50 MW Solar Project Major Use Permit
- Soitec 130 MW Solar Projects Major Use Permits
- Warner Springs Ranch Resort Specific Plan Amendment and Sustainable Natural Resource Exploitation
- San Diego County Tiered Equestrian Ordinance; Hunter Equestrian Center Administrative Permit
- Torrey Pines Science Center (4 Million-SF Science Research Park)
- Fanita Ranch
- Otay Ranch (environmental negotiations)
- Chapman Ranch Solar
- Tule Wind
- San Diego Gas & Electric NCCP/HCP
- San Diego Gas &Electric Sunrise Powerlink