SEQRA & NEPA IMPACT / ECONOMICS / FISCAL / PERMITTING / PLANNING

►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.

Services

►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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See below and the Interesting Ideas page for blogs, ideas and things that I like.

Westchester Municipal Planning Federation

INRIX Traffic Scorecard

Scenic Hudson's Sea Level Rise Mapper

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

PBS's "Visions of New York City"

NYC Channel 7 Eyewitness News Special: Climate Chaos

US Green Building Council -- Neighborhood Development Resources

Westchester County, New York Mapping / GIS Resources

NYS DEC Online Interactive Mapping

Look up your family in a 1940's phone book or just see pictures of the old neighborhood.   

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PlannersWeb web-site

City Limits

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Real Estate - Crain's New York Business News Feed

Williamsburg apt. building likely to fetch $100M (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
Another large rental apartment building in Brooklyn has hit the market for sale at a time when such properties have increasingly been sought after by buyers. The property at 250 N. 10th St. in... To view the full story, click the title link.
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New 12-acre Red Hook project (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
A huge mixed-use development is coming to Red Hook, Brooklyn. Los Angeles-based Estate Four plans to build a 12-acre, 1.2 million-square-foot project that includes offices, shops, performance spaces... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Broker opts for obscurity (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
As a commercial real estate broker, Jim Coleman handled some of the biggest and most lucrative deals in the city last year, but he is not surprised that most people in the industry still fail to... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Wanted: Small Investors to fund 3 WTC (Tue, 27 Jan 2015)
One of the leaders in a burgeoning business that aims to raise capital for real estate investment and finance by crowdfunding is doing its highest-profile deal yet. Fundrise, which was launched in... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Selfridges Will Launch a Gender-Neutral Clothing Pop-Up Shop  (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
Selfridges' interior. Photo by Flickr user Mark Hogan. Selfridges is saying, “fuck it,” to the gender binary with a forthcoming pop-up shop of gender-neutral clothing. The Agender Project will give you access to all the pieces you need to achieve Tilda Swinton’s effortless androgynous cool (radiant personality sold separately). In a statement to the press, Selfridges described the Agender Project “a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay…found in between,” and said that it will “take…customers on a journey where they can choose to shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes.”   The window displays and mannequins will also be unisex, and even the grooming products and accessories will be displayed alongside each other. According to Women’s Wear Daily, customers can shop the concept store at select locations in London and international buyers can access it online. WWD has the deets: Among the unisex lines in the store — many exclusive to Selfridges in the U.K. — will be a capsule collection by Bodymap; the U.K. launch of Nicola Formichetti’s collection Nicopanda; a collection from footwear label Underground, and Rad Hourani’s made to order couture designs. Designs by labels including Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Meadham Kirchhoff and Gareth Pugh will also feature in the lineup. Linda Hewson, Selfridges’ creative director says: “It is not about harnessing a trend, but rather tapping into a mind-set and acknowledging and responding to a cultural shift that is happening now. The project will act as a test bed for experimentation around ideas of gender — both to allow our shoppers to approach the experience without preconceptions and for us as retailers to move the way we shop fashion forward."
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Los Angeles County Jails Try to Solve Overcrowding Problem (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
Photo via Wikimedia Commons For years, Los Angeles County’s jail system has had too many inmates for their crowded, aging facilities. However, according the Board of Supervisors’ report released on Tuesday, law enforcement officials said that since the passage of Proposition 47, which downgraded many drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, the jail system saw a sharp decline in new inmates. Additionally, the overall prison population has begun to decrease, although it is too early to predict if the trend will continue. In November and December, the first two months after the penalty-reduction law took effect, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office reported that felony sentences of prison, jail, or probation had dropped by 41 percent from the same period in the previous year. The number of inmates in county jails decreased from about 18,700 at the end of October to fewer than 16,000 at the end of December as well, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fewer new inmates means jailers no longer have to cut sentences short and grant early release to many offenders in order to create more room. The Los Angeles Times reported that for years, most men convicted of lower-level crimes served only 20 percent of their sentences, and women served 10 percent. As a result of this policy change, most inmates are serving 90 percent. “We’re going to be in a state of dynamic flux in the jail system for the next six months or so,” Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald told supervisors and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to reducing the gravity of lower level crimes down to misdemeanors, another California law went into effect this month, which mandates split sentencing throughout the state. Split sentencing refers to offenders being given a shorter term behind bars followed by a period of mandatory probation. Until recently, less than five percent of L.A. County inmates received split sentences, but due to the change in policy by the district attorney, the number reached 16.6 percent by the end of 2014. Probation officials have advocated for widening the use of split sentencing, arguing that ex-cons who are on probation are more likely to seek out drug treatment, mental health counseling, and other programs that reduce their risk of reoffending and committing new crimes. Lenore Anderson, of the think tank Californians for Safety and Justice, is one advocate for using evidence-based alternatives to incarceration, which could include split sentencing. "And so what we want to see is community corrections strategies in place that can reduce the number of people cycling in and out and ultimately be much more smart about how we do public safety," Anderson told Southern California Public Radio.           
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A History of Economics from the English Premiere League (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
Photo via Wikimedia Commons Since the English Premiere League relaunched in the 1992-1993 season, corporate sponsorships and advertisements have decorated the players’ uniforms (some so prominent that they are larger than the team’s crest or name). West Ham United is currently experiencing bad luck in the corporate sponsorship department, as its main backer, foreign exchange dealer Alpari, collapsed last week according to the Guardian. This is the second time the EPL team has been directly affected by the on goings of the global economy, the first occurred when previous sponsor XL Airways folded in 2008 during the financial crisis. Looking broadly at the new history of the Premiere League, the evolution of shirt sponsors reflects the change in the league and the world economy. A Guardian article details how Japanese electronics and gaming companies made up a huge component of total sponsors in the late 1980s, and in the 1992-1993 relaunch season. When the Japanese bubble burst and their economy declined, China and other emerging markets began to dominate team sponsorships, starting with LG, the South Korean electronics manufacturer, and Emirates, the flag carrier airline of the United Arab Emirates, signing a deal with Chelsea. Over time, foreign companies would invest more in the Premiere League than U.K.-based companies, reflecting the globalization of the league, and the new fan bases emerging in other countries. Sponsors also saw an opportunity in this development; for example, Chevrolet started backing Manchester United since the team had a strong presence in Asia and the car manufacturer wanted to increase its brand recognition in that continent. The time period of 2007 to 2009, when the world was experiencing a financial crisis, was also reflected in the players’ jerseys. Prior to this, AIG, the giant U.S. insurance company, was backing Manchester United, and Northern Rock, the mortgage bank, was backing Newcastle United. Both Northern Rock and AIG were nationalized in 2008 to avoid bankruptcy, resulting in U.S.-owned Manchester United playing against the U.K.-owned Newcastle United. While AIG is gone as a shirt sponsor but its Asian arm, spun off in 2012, now sponsors Tottenham Hotspur. Alpari’s collapse illustrates the renewed uncertainty in global markets and worries that many countries, including previously strong China, may be in for less-than-rosy economic projections.  To get the full history lesson of global economics as told by Premiere League team jerseys, check out the full Guardian article here.  
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An Exhibit Features the Photography of Refugee Children in Lebanon (Wed, 28 Jan 2015)
Image via UNICEF Lebanon's Facebook page. New technologies and the internet give us the agency to tell our own stories: from broadcasting a tweet to posting a selfie to penning a Tumblr post. More than ever, we’re allowed control over our own narratives. However, the immediacy and availabilty of these channels allow us to forget that many people don’t have access to the same resources. Displaced peoples, victims of violence, and the underprivileged—their stories get told by other people: journalists, relief workers and politicians. A new project sponsored by UNICEF, however, puts the power of story-telling right back in the hands of Syrian and Palestinian refugees. UNICEF, in partnership with a Lebanese NGO called Zakira, distributed disposable cameras to 500 refugee children in Lebanon and provided them with basic training in photography. The children took pictures over the course of six months while living in the refugee camps in Lebanon. The best photos from the project are now on display at the Al Madina Theater in Beirut in an exhibit called Lahza 2, which is the second of its kind. Omar Msaid, one of the children involved in the project, has photos on display in the exhibit. “My brother is still young,” said Msaid to the BBC. “When we go back to Syria, and my brother grows up, I will tell him, ‘remember this picture when we were in Lebanon in the camps, and how we cam back to Syria’?” Msaid’s photos, as well as the photos of his peers, will appear in a book called Lahza 2. They not only provide insight into the lives of children in the refugee camps, they also allow the children to give personal testimonies to the violence they faced and continue to face on a daily basis. “The camera is better than the rifle,” said Msaid. “Rifles are not good. If you take a picture with a camera, that’s useful, but if you pull the trigger on a rifle, that’s not useful. You kill people with it, and that’s not useful.” Image via UNICEF Lebanon's Facebook page. Image via UNICEF Lebanon's Facebook page.
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