Ed Sauls is President of the Sauls Company, a DBA of Development and Conservation Management, Inc., Manager of Wilhelm Sauls Investments, LLC and owner of Three Strands Properties LLC developing property in Southern California. Since 1979 his development expertise, as a Principal and consulting Development Manager, provides strategic planning combined with government and community relationships that have accomplished more than one hundred financially successful and community supported projects. His expertise includes government approvals of Specific Plans, General Plan changes, annexations, tentative tract maps, Habitat Conservation Plans under Section 10 of the Federal Endangered Species Act, California state and United States federal legislation, environmental permits and agreements with State and Federal wildlife agencies.
Mr. Sauls has developed master planned communities, mixed use development, residential subdivisions, multifamily housing and commercial centers. Currently he is co-owner of Downtown Marketplace I & II including a proposed 51,000 square foot retail, restaurant and office building in historic Murrieta. He also owns Rosetta View Estates, a 25-lot residential community in Lake Elsinore.
He is consulting Development Manager for The Summit, a 160-acre, 350 home development in Lake Elsinore for RHW, LLC, Saddleback Valley Christian Schools in the development and environmental compliance for their campus in San Juan Capistrano, Lake Street Properties LP in development of a 14 acres commercial site at I-15 and Lake Street in Lake Elsinore and Woods Canyon Associates in development of approximately 64 acres of mixed use commercial development in Hemet CA.
Mr. Sauls has developed master planned communities including the Gordon Ranch comprising 2200 homes and an 11-acre shopping center in Chino Hills as Project Manager for Great Plains Western obtaining approvals of the largest Specific Plan in California which resulted in formation of the City of Chino Hills. He developed a mixed-use project comprising the 158-unit Woodmere Apartments and 12,000 square foot commercial office in Ontario as a principal of Woodsboro Development. He was owner and homebuilder of Columbia Park Homes in the City of Riverside in partnership with Sant Construction Company. He managed the development and sale of Wilhelm Ranch, a multiuse 513 dwelling unit 345,000 square foot retail and commercial project in Riverside County. He also completed entitlement approvals and sale of a 108,000 square foot shopping center in Lake Elsinore for Greenwald LLC.
Acquisitions, Government Approvals & Conservation
Ed Sauls has successfully negotiated land acquisitions, feasibility, planning and development approvals for commercial, residential and planned communities and permits. His conservation success includes approval of five Southern California Habitat Conservation Plans and negotiation of multiple state and federal endangered species permits. He was a lead participant in planning agreements for three regional multi-species plans initiating endangered species conservation in more than thirty-five cities in the San Diego County and the Inland Empire of Southern California, has represented private landowners in the sale of more than 15,000 acres of conservation land, sponsored four market-based conservation banks, and the nation’s first tribal multiple species plan resulting in the 30,000-acre Agua Caliente Tribal Habitat Conservation Plan.
Policy and Legislation
Ed Sauls has effected changes in State and Federal policies and legislation. He was an advocate for changes in state and national policy providing greater assurances to local governments and landowners for conservation planning including the No Surprises Policy and permitting policies. He modified and participated in adoption of the State of California Natural Communities Conservation Plan legislation adopted in 1991 that authorized large-scale, ecosystem-based, conservation planning for endangered species permits. In 1995, He was co-consultant to Bank of America in developing the US Fish and Wildlife Service and State of California policy on Conservation Banking; a market-based mitigation credit program. In 1997, he successfully sponsored and negotiated changes to California State Law Section 2080.1 to eliminate duplication in state and federal endangered species permits. In 2011, he sponsored United States Public Law 112-74 providing for landscape-level conservation on public lands through relinquishment of grazing rights in the California Desert.
Mr. Sauls served as the developer member of the Advisory Committee to the White House Office on Environmental Policy sponsored by the Keystone National Policy Dialogue on Ecosystem Management and served on advisory committees to City and County agencies on homeless issues, land use planning, and environmental issues. He testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources regarding Implementation of the Endangered Species Act in California and the Merchant Marine and Fisheries in 1993 regarding improvements to Habitat Conservation Planning. He also testified to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Clean Water, Fisheries and Wildlife regarding Incentives for Wildlife Conservation on Privately Owned Lands. In 1999 he testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources on enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. He has also testified to the California Senate and Assembly Joint Committee in a review of the Natural Communities Conservation Plan Program. In Laguna Beach, he served as Co-Chair of the Homeless Task Force and Homeless Advisory Committee.
Non-Profit Entity Management
Mr. Sauls has formed, managed and served as a member of the Board of Directors for several non-profit entities. He was founder and President of Laguna Fire Relief Coalition in response to the 1993 Fire Storms providing community support for families who lost more than 200 homes. The entity was re-named as Laguna Relief providing Resource Center services to working-poor and homeless populations and he served on the Board of this organization for 13 years. Ed was President of Laguna Presbyterian Church in 2017 celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the church and the burning of their mortgage. He is a life-director of the Building Industry Association and served as President in 1988-89. He is also the founder and President of The California Land Conservancy organized in 2004.
Honors & Education
Selected awards and honors presented to Mr. Sauls include 1990 Builder of the Year and 2000 Volunteer of the Year awards from Building Industry Association of Southern California and the 1988 prestigious Case Bradford Award from Home Builders Council of Southern California for his contribution to industry education.
Mr. Sauls holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University at Fullerton, with a Major in Finance and emphasis in Real Estate. He also founded, lectures for and holds the professional designation in Light Construction and Development Management awarded by the Home Builders Council of Southern California and University of California, Irvine.
He resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Lisa where they raised their three sons and is active in church and local community non-profit organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Sauls were honored as Laguna Beach Citizens of the Year in 2010.