Thomas W. Blessent, ASLA
Tom Blessent is Development Manager at HomeFed, responsible for the planning and entitlements of the 2,650-acre Fanita Ranch in Santee, California, and the 2,400-acre Wild Cherry Canyon property on the Central California Coast. Mr. Blessent has been associated with HomeFed for more than 20 years; first as a land development services consultant through his company Thomas Blessent ASLA and, more recently, as an employee. Mr. Blessent is a licensed California landscape architect who started his career as a land planner/landscape architect for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He went on to specialize in the planning and development of large, master-planned communities, including Mission Viejo and HomeFed’s San Elijo Hills. Mr. Blessent was instrumental in the decision of the Leichtag Foundation to purchase the historic 67-acre Paul Ecke Ranch property in Encinitas, Calif. Mr. Blessent assisted in managing the foundation’s development strategy by supporting a program of sustainable development and high intensity food production that serves as a model for future urban agriculture. Mr. Blessent earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture cum laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Urban Land Institute and the Building Industry Association of San Diego.