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About PDS West


PDS (Planning & Design Solutions), West is a Land Planning consulting firm, located in San Juan Capistrano , California .  We do work throughout the Western States and Canada .

We are a small firm working on large projects.  Through our investment in technology, and its efficient use, PDS does the work of a firm many times larger, while staying a size that allows tight control of quality.

PDS and its president, Bob Lacoss have over 30 years experience in master planning new communities.  We have a comprehensive knowledge of the elements and components making up a vital community. All of the services we offer are related to the major components of a successfully functioning community.

About Bob Lacoss

Bob Lacoss has over 32 years of hands-on experience as a land planner, recreation planner, urban planner and landscape architect. He has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), for his park and recreation work, the American Planning Association (APA) for his urban planning work, and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) for his master planned community work.  Mr. Lacoss’ firm, PDS WEST evolved from Planning and Design Solutions, which Mr. Lacoss co-founded in 1989. He has planned over 30 large-scale planned communities including 10 golf course communities. Bob was also author of many revitalization plans and design guidelines such as Vista Santa Rosa Design Guidelines, the award-winning Mission San Luis Rey Historic District Development Program and Design Guidelines and the San Fernando Central Core Revitalization Plan. Mr. Lacoss has personally designed or planned over 20 large parks, dozens of schools and a college campus.


BLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon ; Four years of Architecture Study, University of Oregon


PDS West, PDS Southwest, Planning and Design Solutions, Principal (19 yrs); The Planning Center, Director of Community Planning( 5 yrs); Lacoss and Associates, Owner(4 yrs); Ruff, Cameron, Lacoss & Associates, Principal(7 yrs); Urban Planning, Recreation and Landscape Arch. Departments, University of Oregon, Instructor(3 yrs).


Leadership in Planning Award, American Planning Association (APA); Redevelopment Planning Award, APA; Merit Awards (2), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); Gold Nugget Merit Awards (2), Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC); and the Save our Heritage Award.

Special Skills:

Land Planning/Design, Visioning, Golf Course Community Planning, Specific Plans, Community Relations, Recreation Planning and Park Design, and Campus Planning.

Contact Us

PDS West is located in San Juan Capistrano, equi-distant from both the Cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.

PDS West
31271 Paseo Sereno
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

p: (949) 489-3181

f. (949) 488-2791


Robert Lacoss
ext. #201

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