►Diligent, competent, equal-handed service, attention to detail, time and budgetary commitments, a versatile skill set, mediating standpoint and common sense judgment have been hallmarks of over 25 years in the planning profession.  


  • A wide range of environmental, land use planning, permitting, environmental and development advisory capabilities.  
  • Learn more about the practice in the Resume, and Services and Projects pages.
  • NYC, Westchester, Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey


►Since 1987.


►An approach that seeks to provide value to every client and add value to every project.  


►Take a look at the list of municipal and private-sector clients on the Clients and Municipalities page. 


►Whether you are an attorney, architect or engineer, consultant or consulting firm, municipal official, developer or development professional, call us to discuss how we can help you reach your goals.


►Can we do any of the following for you, your organization or agency?  


We can:

  • Work with applicants, property-owners, municipal officials, review boards & government agencies to address development issues. 
  • Prepare and review environmental and regulatory documents.
  • Perform reliable fiscal and economic analyses.
  • Coordinate the activities of other professionals.
  • Work with regulatory agencies to obtain permits and licenses, and changes to resource mapping.
  • Provide thoughtful, informative guidance for planning and development projects.  Focus efforts and make efficient use of limited resources. Develop thoughts and vet ideas.  Understand and articulate competing viewpoints.
  • Meet your time and budgetary commitments. 
  • Reduce the time needed to become familiar with NYS's new SEQRA forms.
  • Advocate for good planning, sound development, a greater range of options for current and future generations, and conservation of land and energy.
  • Evaluate a proposal or a plan.  
  • Identify needs, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats.  
  • Research, organize, evaluate and present complex information.


►For agency clients specifically, we can:

  • Assist with grant applications and administration
  • Work with and back up staff for planning & zoning administration
  • Free up staff time for other tasks
  • Organize and manage information and department activities
  • Review environmental documents such as EISs
  • Draft ordinances and code amendments
  • Preare, edit and revise policy documents
  • Prepare background studies and opportunities analyses
  • Meet with applicants and citizen committees
  • Work effectively with municipal staff and other consulting professionals
  • Mediate the interests of applicants, municipal and agency departments and staff, and board members
  • Develop the record for projects under review to support prudent, timely and substantiated decision-making.  


►Want to see what else we can do for you? Detailed information is in the Statement of Qualifications below.  See the Services and Projects pages for information on specific services and projects.  


►A quick snapshot of John Lynch's core competencies is provided in the skills-oriented resume below.  See the resume web-page for other resumes and additional information.  

Skills and Experience
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Statement of Qualifications
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Scenic Hudson's Sea Level Rise Mapper

"Bronx Irish at the Ramparts", 1984 documentary about changing northwest Bronx & Back in the Bronx presentation

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NYC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Special: Climate Chaos

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City acts to tamp down hysteria over de Blasio zoning plan (Wed, 27 May 2015)
The de Blasio administration’s citywide rezoning proposal, although it is being diluted and could be changed further still, continues to frighten community leaders. Yesterday, Park Slope Civic... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Among New York's most profitable companies, real estate firms score big (Tue, 26 May 2015)
Six of the 20 most profitable public companies in New York are in real estate, according to an analysis of Crain's list of the largest New York public companies. That's an outsize impact for the... To view the full story, click the title link.
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One of the last great residential development sites on the Williamsburg waterfront is nearing a sale (Tue, 26 May 2015)
A large waterfront development site in Williamsburg is finally being readied for sale, several sources say, and could fetch more than $250 million. The site, at 484 Kent Ave., is one of the last... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Community board in the shadow of Central Park calls for tall-building moratorium (Tue, 26 May 2015)
A midtown community-board task force argued on the steps of City Hall Tuesday that tall residential buildings south of Central Park are increasingly plunging the greenspace into shadow, and renewed... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Australian Woman Demands: “Stop Taxing My Period!” (Tue, 26 May 2015)
A petition to end the Australian tax on tampons has garnered over 95,000 signatures—and the attention of the Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey. University student Subeta Vimalarajah started the petition to get ahead of Hockey’s national tax review, in which the country’s financial ministers will gather to assess the fairness of the current tax code. In Australia, people who buy tampons are charged with a 10% “Goods and Services Tax,” a tax from which other health products, like condoms and sunscreen, are exempt. In her petition, Vimalarajah argues that the government is essentially taxing a bodily function, one that only female-bodied people experience, making it fundamentally sexist. “I've definitely had the experience of going to the supermarket to buy a box of tampons and being frustrated that I need to pay for them, but more significantly that the government is making a profit on my period,” she wrote for BBC News. According to Vimalarajah, the tax earns the Australian government $25 million a year. For more than a decade, activists have lobbied against this tax, which was implemented in 2000 by a conservative administration. But Vimalarajah’s campaign has become so popular it is impossible to ignore. Hockey came face-to-face with the tenacious activist on live TV and he was left practically speechless when confronted with her question: “Mr. Hockey, do you think that sanitary products are an essential health good for half the population?"  Vimalarajah is pictured on the far right.
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Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry (Tue, 26 May 2015)
image via (cc) flickr user thejointstaff Despite being a longstanding, and particularly vocal, critic of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has long been an equally vocal supporter of those who serve in our country’s armed forces. He’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan, visited wounded vets at military hospitals, and is even the recipient of the United Service Organization’s Merit Award. For someone so publicly opposed to the last decade’s worth of major military action, Stewart has remained remarkably steadfast in his commitment to men and women in uniform. While Stewart has never hidden his respect and admiration for this country’s soldiers, the degree to which he has actively supported them not only as an entertainer, but also as a personal mentor and career counselor is just beginning to be brought to light.  The New York Times reveals that, for the past three years, the outgoing Daily Show host has been privately running a five-week crash course designed to help military veterans break into the seemingly impenetrable television industry. Only now, with his departure from Comedy Central looming, has Stewart made public his efforts to train and place vets in the TV biz, all in the hopes that others in positions similar to his will do the same. As he told the Times’ Dave Philipps: “This is ready to franchise. Please steal our idea. It isn’t charity. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn’t being tapped.” image via (cc) flickr user thejointstaff The Times explains that after being approached by a nonprofit mentoring program about possibly finding a job in television for a veteran in 2013, Stewart instead turned to his Daily Show team, and created an in-depth boot camp to train former members of the armed services on the various ins and outs of TV. Many veterans, who are instead typically connected with government or corporate jobs upon completing their military service, often find the industry closed to them. But, Stewart himself has put his money where his mouth is, hiring several veterans on his staff, including, reports The Times, Daily Show production coordinator and warm-up comedian Justine Cabulong. Stewart is certainly not alone in his efforts to help veterans break into the entertainment industry. Groups such as Got Your 6 have long relied on supporters within the entertainment industry to help normalize impressions of military veterans as civic leaders and productive community members through depictions in film and television. Stewart, however, seems unique in his ability to balance his very public opposition to recent military action with a (no longer) private commitment to those soldiers whose boots were on the ground. It’s a heartening reminder that behind his comedic bluster, and away from his televised soap-box, Stewart is keenly aware of how to use his celebrity for a worthwhile cause, not just a punch line.  This is just the latest in a series of recent insights into Stewart’s life and post-Daily Show plans. Earlier this year it was reported that Jon and his wife Tracey had purchased a farm, on which they planned to run an animal sanctuary. 
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To Fight Fat, This App Requires You to Move to the Music (Tue, 26 May 2015)
Image via YouTube While scientists may disagree on the best way to cure obesity, there’s one practice they all believe in—exercise and movement. That’s why a new site, Moving Tracks, developed an app to encourage people to move along to music. Moving Tracks contains great new songs by people’s favorite artists. The catch? You only get to listen to the track if you’re running. As soon as you stop, so does the song. The site just launched a few weeks ago, but has already reached over 500,000 subscribers. While their primary audience is teens, Moving Tracks firmly believes that all of us need to get out of our (often comfortable) seats. Their goal is two-fold: to encourage people to listen to new music, and to inspire people to make exercise part of their daily routines. The more people move, the more music they get, and the better their body becomes. It’s simple science for a complicated problem. Check out the video explaining the process below.
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Designers Skewer FIFA Sponsors to Highlight Worker Abuse (Tue, 26 May 2015)
image via imgur We’re still years away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup games slated to take place in the desert nation of Qatar, but already some observers are raising a red flag (or perhaps a red card) over the host country and its treatment of those hired to build the games’ stadiums. Soccer fans, aid agencies, and even other governments are publicly calling for FIFA to step in and drastically improve the conditions of the migrant workers who critics claim are being forced to work under deplorable and dangerous conditions in which hundreds have already lost their lives, and thousands more live in de facto slavery. Recently, Nepali workers, who make up nearly a quarter of the estimated 1.5 million World Cup laborers, were barred from leaving Qatar to participate in the funerals of their loved ones following the April 25th earthquake that killed scores in their home country. During an interview for an episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, activist Husain Abdulla estimated that as many as 4,000 laborers will be dead from unsafe working conditions by the time the 2022 World Cup games actually begin. To help spur soccer’s governing body to action, designers online have chosen to hit the games where they hurt: The checkbook. Or, in this case, FIFA’s corporate sponsors. As noticed by Bored Panda, Imgur users and Redditors from the site’s popular /r/sports section whipped up these caustic spins on familiar corporate logos in the hopes that FIFA’s sponsors will be motivated to stand up for the very workers making the upcoming games a reality:  Mock Ads for Human Rights Abuse Already a number of sponsors backed away from their relationship with FIFA earlier this year. While none reportedly cited a specific reason for their sponsorship cancelation, it seems reasonable to assume that the ongoing allegations of worker abuses taking place under FIFA’s banner couldn’t have helped. More recently, current FIFA sponsor Visa has expressed “grave concern” over allegations of worker treatment in Qatar, and urged action to improve the situation.  Hopefully, by the time the 2022 games actually begin, conditions will have improved to the point that we can focus on celebrating athletic achievement rather than decrying the abuse of those who make it all possible. 
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