Patrick Van Ness

Executive Vice President, Forward Planning

As Executive Vice President of Forward Planning, Patrick is responsible for project entitlement and development, including preparation of feasibility analyses, environmental, planning and engineering studies and review by municipal, state and federal agencies for all entitlements. Patrick has extensive experience obtaining approvals and permits from local municipalities as well as State and Federal agencies including the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), the State Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Patrick also oversees the development of community site planning, product design, landscape design and engineering.

Prior to joining the SDG team, Patrick worked at Signature Properties for 17 years. As Director of Purchasing, he contracted for the construction of over 1,000 units; as Director of Sales and Marketing, he managed 20 sales agents and the marketing process for over 1,000 units; and as Senior Project Manager, he processed and received approval for over 4,500 units and 300,000 square feet of retail/commercial space, including redevelopment, mixed use and master-planned communities in San Francisco, Oakland and Novato. Patrick’s diverse experience provides him with a unique understanding of real estate development and the construction industry throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento.



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