Tim Neely
Tim Neely retired as Director of Planning and Land Development for the County of Orange in 2008. During his 35-year career, he led the County's efforts to preserve more than 50,000 acres of open space in dedications from its two largest landowners. He was founding Executive Director of The Nature Reserve of Orange County, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established to protect, manage, and restore 37,000 acres of habitat in the County's central sub-region. Tim is recognized as an expert with State and Federal endangered species regulations and other habitat protection and permitting programs, including the California Environmental Quality Act.

In addition to his countywide experience, Tim has an extensive background of public involvement in San Juan Capistrano where he has lived since 1974. For over 25 years, he has served on various City boards including the Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, and Open Space Committee. As a founding director of the SJC Open Space Foundation, he has been instrumental in obtaining grants to restore habitat in the City's Northwest Open Space area to aid in re-establishing critical natural linkages and wildlife corridors.

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