Steven D. Zimmer (b. April 7, 1947), a real estate attorney, was appointed on or about July 23, 1999, as vice president (head) of The Newhall Land and Farming Co.'s
Newhall Ranch Division, succeeding SVP James M. Harter, who retired at an early age. In that capacity he was responsible for spearheading the company's planned Newhall Ranch development west of Interstate 5.
After 11 years with Newhall Land, Zimmer joined the real estate and business law firm of Gilchrist & Rutter PC in October 2011. On Jan. 14, 2013, he was appointed to the Santa Clarita
Community College District (COC) Board of Trustees to succeed Scott Wilk, who was elected mid-term to the state Assembly (November 2012).
Newhall Land Press Release, July 23, 1999
Newhall Land Names Zimmer Vice President
VALENCIA, Calif. — The Newhall Land and Farming Co. (NYSE:NHL) said that it has appointed Steven D. Zimmer Vice President of its Newhall Ranch Division. Zimmer, a real estate lawyer, replaces Senior Vice President James M. Harter, who retired.
Zimmer's background is in the operational and legal aspects of land use and real estate development, including governmental and environmental processing. He joins Newhall Land from the law firm of Rupp, Holmberg & Zimmer in Oxnard, Calif., where he also represented private clients and public agencies in legal, land use and redevelopment matters.
Prior to founding his own law firm, he was executive vice president and division manager of the Baldwin Co., where he directed the Ventura County Division of the 1,200-acre Ormond Beach multi-use development project, between 1989 and 1991. He also was project manager for Baldwin's 1,000-acre Carmel Del Mar project in San Diego.
Zimmer, Ex-Newhall Land, Joins Real Estate Law Firm
By Leon Worden | SCVNews.com | Monday, Oct, 17, 2011
Former Newhall Land Executive Vice President Steven D. Zimmer has joined the real estate and business law firm of Gilchrist & Rutter PC.
Prior to his retirement in June, Zimmer led the team developing the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan, beginning in late May 1999.
During Zimmer's 11-year tenure, he managed all aspects of the environmental, legal, and financial hurdles of the Newhall Ranch master planned community, including entitlement, project planning, project approvals, and local, state and federal project approvals. He also oversaw all CEQA documents and all litigation of land use matters, as well as the critical water supply strategy.
According to Newhall Land Vice President Marlee Lauffer, Zimmer remains a consultant on the project.
In August 2011, the last major obstacle was removed in the realization of Newhall Ranch, one of the largest developments ever contemplated in California. Running 12,000-acres along the Santa Clara River in northwest Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County, Newhall Ranch will create a city of 60,000 people.
"Few developers — and even fewer attorneys — have the range of experience and success that Steve has had throughout his career," said Managing Partner Jonathan Gross. "Gilchrist & Rutter clients will have access to one of the true leaders in real estate development today."
"We've worked closely with Steve for many years and know that he understands the development business inside-and-out," says Robert McMurry, head of Gilchrist & Rutter's Land Use practice. "In today's world, navigating the approval process is always a challenge. Steve has hands-on experience in successfully attaining and defending approvals among federal, state, county, and city municipalities. He's a terrific addition to the Gilchrist & Rutter Land Use Group."
"Bob McMurry's invitation to join Gilchrist & Rutter came out of the blue," says Zimmer. "But the chance to work with Bob and his team at Gilchrist & Rutter on some of the most significant and interesting development projects in California today was a challenge I could not resist."
A real estate developer who is also an attorney is rare. Even rarer is a real estate developer who is an attorney and who has extensive experience in municipal law.
Prior to Newhall, Zimmer was a partner in a law firm that provided contract municipal attorney services to the cities of Oxnard, Solvang, and Grover Beach, as well as to the Oxnard Redevelopment Agency and the Oxnard Housing Authority, where he served as General Counsel. He understands the needs and challenges of governments in real estate development and in all aspects of the land use process.
As executive vice president of the Baldwin Company, Zimmer obtained approval of a 4,300-home master planned community. He managed all aspects of development and home building for communities in San Diego and in Oxnard.
Earlier in his career, Zimmer served as city attorney for El Centro, Calif., and as chief assistant county counsel to Imperial County.
Zimmer earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He became a member of the State Bar of California in 1973.
Zimmer is a board member of the California Building Industry Association and chairman of the association's Government Affairs Committee. He serves on the board of directors of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, as well as on the board of directors of the Valencia Water Co.
An active member of the community, Zimmer is the past chairperson of the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors and was involved in the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition.
CV from College of the Canyons, 2013:
• Appointed to the Board of Trustees on Jan. 14, 2013
• Attorney, Law Offices of Steven D. Zimmer
• Former Executive, The Newhall Land & Farming Co.
• University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Juris Doctor
• University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Science
• Past Chair, Executive Committee, College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors
• Current Chair, Past Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Facilities Committee for Child and Family Center Board of Directors
• Board of Directors, Government Affairs Committee, Legal Advocacy Committee for California Building industry Association
• Appointed City Attorney for several California cities
• Chief Assistant County Counsel for imperial County
• Instructor, Imperial Valley College, Paralegal Certificate Program
• Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California, Masters of Real Estate Development Program