Robert R. Sims, P.E.


127 Cottonwood Circle
Rolling Hills Estate CA, 90274

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Expert in entitlement for land development, zoning, tentative maps, Conditional use permits, environmental reports & statements, and other land development issues.

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Expert in entitlement for land development, zoning, tentative maps, Conditional use permits, environmental reports & statements, and other land development issues. Prepare cost estimates, before and after studies, property use disputes etc. Have provided depos and extensive trial experience. BSCE, PE licenses in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, Guam 


Experience Summary

Currently President of Land Design Consultants, Inc., a recognized expert in land planning and development specializing in project management and agency coordination. With over 30 years of experience in private land development, has developed extensive knowledge in the design and regulatory requirements of residential and commercial development. Has successfully represented numerous projects in the obtainment of project approvals and entitlements. Provides expert testimony and project presentations at public hearings, community workshops, court trials and with regulatory staff. Through the successful management of large, multi-disciplinary projects within Southern California and the western United States, has developed a close working relationship with agency personnel. Responsible for directing all aspects of business development and marketing of both public and private sector clients. Successfully established and managed planning and engineering offices within California and Guam. Directed the land planning and environmental efforts for a company with three offices and a staff of over one hundred. Has been appointed to numerous public committees to represent the private consulting and development industries. 



  • California licensed professional civil engineer since 1972
  • Over 45 years of civil engineering experience
  • Planning experience includes CEQA, zoning, general plan, specific plans and special districts. Site design from concept to tentative maps; feasibility analysis and preliminary estimates of construction costs for residential, commercial, recreational, institutional and industrial developments; local, state, and federal agency processing to obtain entitlement approvals; and public hearing presentations
  • Engineering experience includes hydrology, design of grading, storm drain, sewer, water and street & highway systems
  • Surveying & Mapping experience includes boundary resolution, Record of Surveys, final maps, construction staking, legal descriptions and lot line adjustments
  • Achieved development approvals for numerous projects and working relationships with local agencies, consultants, homeowner associations and environmental interests
  • Expert witness experience includes site inspection and determination of design and/or construction issues, matters of the Subdivision Map Act, Calif., local regulation interpretation and testimony


Representative Experience

  • Entitlements, civil engineering, final map & staking of thousands of single & multi family housing residential units, commercial, recreational and mixed use projects located in Southern California
  • Processed General Plan Amendments in the County of Los Angeles to allow for over 20,000 additional residential units and commercial zoned uses
  • Civil engineering, final map & staking for several Golf Course Country Clubs in the Coachella Valley, CA
  • Entitlements, civil engineering, final map & staking of residential, mixed use, retail commercial, hotel, hospital, public schools and major infrastructure in Guam
  • Responsible for directing all aspects of business operations, development and marketing of both public and private sector clients for major engineering companies located in Guam and California
  • Appointed to numerous public committees to represent the private consulting and development communities



  • Registered Professional Engineer – CA License No. 21649
  • Also licensed professional civil engineer, Hawaii (3778), Guam (330) and Arizona



  • Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering: University of Wisconsin, 1963
  • Numerous post graduate courses and seminars


Professional Affiliations

  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • California Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE), State Director and former State Treasurer
  • California Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation (CSPEEF), Founding Director
  • Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • Building Industry Association (BIA), LAV Chapter
  • American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE) Fellow


Committees, Awards and Honors

  • Board of Supervisors Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council
  • Land Development Advisory Committee of Los Angeles County
  • Development Advisory Group, LA County Department of Regional Planning
  • Fellow-Institute for the Advancement of Engineering
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Engineering and Science Community Award (CSPEEF)
  • President’s Award (CSPE)
  • Outstanding Service Award (CSPE)
  • Merit Award (San Fernando Valley Engineers Council)
  • Distinguished Member, D.M.CSPE
  • Certificate of Appreciation (LA County Regional Planning Commission)


Professional Employment History

  • President/Owner, Robert R. Sims P.E., Inc. Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 1992-Present
  • President/Owner, Land Design Consultants, Inc., Pasadena, Calif. 1992-Present
  • Executive Vice President/Owner, Engineering Service Corporation 1976-1992 Culver City, Palm Desert & Moreno Valley, California
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager/Owner, ESCO International1973-1976 Architecture/Engineering, Guam
  • Project Manager, VTN, Van Nuys, California 1968-1973
  • Senior Civil Engineer, Los Angeles County Road Department, 1963-1968 Los Angeles, California


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