Ronald J. Patterson is the Co-Chair of the Firm's Zoning and Land Use Practice Group. His practice concentrates on zoning and land use matters, as well as on other land use and environmental regulatory, permitting and counseling issues.
Ron directly deals with obtaining all of the necessary zoning, use, building and other development-related permits and approvals from the relevant City agencies that enable a person to build or renovate a building, and operate a business. He meets with and obtains comments and approvals from various City agencies, including Licenses & Inspections, the Planning Commission, Streets Department, Water Department, Redevelopment Authority, PIDC, Historical Commission, Art Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment and other City departments. He also interacts directly with local community groups and elected officials to gain their support or to eliminate opposition to a proposed project. Once zoning approvals are obtained, he assists in filing for and obtaining other necessary building-related permits, operational licenses, and available 10-year real estate tax abatements. Ron has an engineering degree and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, better enabling him to work closely with architects, engineers and construction professionals in order to understand, tailor and modify the necessary plans that comprise the applications, permits and approvals. He is also experienced in reviewing and coordinating preliminary environmental investigations and remediation programs.
Ron is a member of the Packer Park Civic Association, Executive Board, a founding member of the Penrose Area Civic Association that covers most of southwest Philadelphia, and a former member of the Zoning and Business Development Subcommittee of the former Eastwick PAC that oversaw development in the Eastwick/Southwest Philadelphia Area pursuant to the federal Eastwick Urban Renewal Plan of 1956. In addition, he is counsel to two Democratic Wards in Southwest Philadelphia. He also served on Mayor Michael Nutter's Administration's Subcommittee on Zoning Board Policy.
Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1989)
Drexel University, B.S. Chem. Eng., with honors (1983)
Chairman & Founding Member,
Drexel Real Estate Alumni Network
Executive Board Member,
Packer Park Civic Association
Executive Board Member and Founding Member,
Penrose Area Civic Association
Democratic Wards 40A and 40B
Member, Board of Directors,
ALS Hope Foundation
Trustee, Board of Trustees,
West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Reserve at Packer Park Homeowners' Association
Building Industry Association of Philadelphia
Awards and Honors
Named to "The Best Lawyers in America©” list for Land Use and Zoning Law in Pennsylvania by Best Lawyers (2018-2020)