John B. Anderson

Owner/President

Mr. Anderson holds two Bachelor's degrees from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. One in Natural Resource Planning and another in Geography with an emphasis in Cartography.

Mr. Anderson has been providing planning services throughout the valley and foothills since 1984. In 1993, he founded J. B. Anderson Land Use Planning. Mr. Anderson has extensive knowledge and understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Zoning and Development Laws, Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), California Subdivision Map Act, Williamson Act and the California Government Code as well as over 33 years of experience in public and private sector planning. Moreover, Mr. Anderson has experience with the preparation of budgets, the investigation of planning regulations for applications and the on-going monitoring of legislative issues.

Mark Niskanen

Vice President

Mr. Niskanen holds a Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University in Public Administration, with an emphasis in City and Regional Planning. With sixteen (16) years of professional planning experience in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills, Mr. Niskanen is experienced and well versed in Federal, State, and Local Policies and Regulations related to land use development and environmental issues.

As Vice President, Mr. Niskanen is responsible for Project Management, and has worked on a variety of public agency land use and environmental planning projects. Currently, Mr. Niskanen serves as the Planning Manager for the City of Waterford and Contract Planner for the City of Oakdale. In this role, Mr. Niskanen is responsible for managing and processing Current and Advanced Planning Applications and Projects, including Cannabis related Use Permits, Specific Plan Amendments, and Annexations. Mr. Niskanen has also successfully prepared General Plan Housing Elements for the County of Mariposa, and Cities of Livingston, Riverbank, and Oakdale, all of which were adopted and certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Mr. Niskanen has also prepared a variety of CEQA and NEPA documents, including Environmental Impact Reports, Negative Declarations, and NEPA compliance documents associated with Community Development Block Grant Projects.

Joshua Mann

Senior Planner

Mr. Joshua Mann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rural and Town Planning from California State University of Chico. Mr. Mann has a vast working knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Zoning Laws, the Subdivision Map Act and the Williamson Act.

Prior to joining J.B. Anderson, Mr. Mann was an Associate Planner for Stanislaus County, where he worked on a wide variety of complex planning projects including the development and update of General Plan Policies, managing and processing of Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) projects, and the implementation of Airport Land Use Compatibility guidelines.

Currently, Mr. Mann serves as Contract Planner for the City of Oakdale where he works closely with the general public, elected and appointed officials, other city departments, public agencies, and developers on a wide variety of current and long-range projects. In addition, Mr. Mann recently led the effort in the comprehensive update to the City's Sign Ordinance.

David Niskanen

Associate Planner

Mr. David Niskanen holds a Bachelor Degree from San Francisco State University in Urban Studies and Planning. While at San Francisco State University, David worked on a variety of projects, including a Secondary Housing Survey and Report of the City of San Francisco for the San Francisco Planning Department. David completed his internship with the City of Livingston and J. B. Anderson Land Use Planning and joined JBAP as an Assistant Planner at the end of 2013. In 2018, David was promoted to an Associate Planner at JBAP and is excited to continue his career as a planning professional.

As an Associate Planner, Mr. Niskanen is responsible for project management for land use and environmental planning projects for public and private sector clients, including zoning documents, CEQA projects, and land use entitlement processing. His other skills include air quality modeling using the California Emissions Estimator Model (CalEEMod), project organization and management. He also has experience working as a staff planner for the Cities of Lathrop and Waterford.

Roman Acosta

Assistant Planner

Mr. Roman Acosta holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) with an emphasis in public policy and political theory from Northern Arizona University. In addition to his MPA degree, he holds two (2) Bachelor ’s degrees from Syracuse University in Political Science and Philosophy. Through various internships, including one with a federal congressional representative, Mr. Acosta is experienced in local public policy, and various governmental regulations. On top of his seven (7) years in advanced education he has completed various classes through the University of California - Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Department including: Developing and Writing CEQA Documents; Redesigning the Zoning Ordinance; Writing for Engineer’s, Planners, and Policy Makers; Subdivision Map Act; and Vested Rights, Vesting Maps, and Development Agreements.

As an Assistant Planner, Mr. Acosta is responsible for many day-to-day planning related tasks. He has worked with a variety of public agencies, and has assisted in the preparation of policy documents including Housing Element for the County of Mariposa, City of Waterford, and the City of Los Banos. He provides support documentation and research analysis for his J.B. Anderson and Public Agency colleagues.