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

Giant Ford dealership could sell for $230M (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
Ford Motor Co. has put a building on the far West Side on the market in a sale that could fetch $230 million or more. The price tag for the property, 787 11th Ave. between West 54th and West 55th... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Mass transit, not piecemeal tax credits, powers the economy (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
The government seems more willing to subsidize a single business than the system that serves all New York businesses. Case in point: Digital-media company BuzzFeed scored $4 million in tax credits... To view the full story, click the title link.
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East Village explosion highlights need to fix aging infrastructure (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
In the aftermath of a possible gas explosion that caused a fire and the collapse of  three buildings in the East Village Thursday—a year after a deadly blast in Harlem—Mayor Bill de... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Shelter to shutter, proving Hell's Kitchen is no place for the homeless (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
Gentrification in what had been one of Manhattan's grittiest neighborhoods has claimed another victim. Hell’s Kitchen, it seems, is no place for the homeless. A shelter housing about 80... To view the full story, click the title link.
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GOOD

Austin Landlord Who Demolished Piñata Shop for SXSW Party Forced to Resign from Company He Co-Founded (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
The Jumpolin store a year before it was demolished with all its business property inside, and without the shop owners' notice. Photo via Flickr user Nathan Black Jordan French, the landlord behind the sudden and cruel demolishment of mom-and-pop piñata shop Jumpolin in the quickly gentrifying neighborhood of East Austin earlier this year (all so he could build a parking lot for a SXSW party) has been forced to resign from his position as CEO of Status Labs, a web reputation management company that he co-founded. “The company’s employees asked French to resign after reviewing actions taken outside of his role at Status Labs that do not represent the values of the company,” explained Status Labs media director Sarah Pendley in a press release. “Status Labs’ employees have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to the Austin community by regularly volunteering as a company at Austin nonprofits. The first volunteer outing will be serving members of Austin’s homeless community at Caritas on March 30, 2015.” The ouster comes after French, when faced with proof that his claims of rent delinquency were unfounded and certainly not reason enough to demolish the store and its contents without notice—a move that brought on a wave of criticism from community organizers, piñata shop owners the Lejarazu family, and the internet at large—postured defiantly and bizarrely in response. “Say you have a house that was infested by roaches,” the landlord behind F&F Real Estate told Culturemap Austin last month. “You have to clean that up.” East Austin has been the site of real estate contention in recent years, with a growing number of families and businesses feeling the pricey effects of gentrification. French had been hoping to force the Lejarazuses, who still had three years on their lease, out of their location for months so he could procede with more lucrative development plans.  The move by Status Labs is encouraging for community activists fighting for the little guys, and is hopefully indicative of growing awareness and action nationwide. State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez is leading the charge with his proposed “Jumpolin Bill,” a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would protect small businesses from wrongful eviction by money hungry landlords.
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Republican Congresswoman’s Attempt to Publicly Shame Obama Backfires Hilariously  (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
For the fifth anniversary of Obama signing the affordable care act into law, GOP Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers attempted to publicly embarass the president by asking her fans to share horror stories of their experience with healthcare on her official Facebook page. The result? A deluge of responses praising the law instead of bashing it. Just check out some of the most popular comments currently on her page:  Perhaps now the congresswoman will think twice before she asks such a loaded question on Facebook again, but just in case, feel free to visit her page yourself and give her your opinion on the subject. Share this on Facebook?
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Find the latest issue of GOOD magazine (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
Use the search field below to find a retail location by city or zip code. Or click on the map to zoom in and navigate to a location near you.   View GOOD MAGAZINE: RETAIL LOCATIONS in a full screen map
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Founder’s Letter (Fri, 27 Mar 2015)
Introducing a new chapter of GOOD. It was almost exactly 10 years ago now that the first ideas for GOOD started to emerge—the first notes jotted down, outlines sketched, and early references pulled. It was our response to what we sensed was a burgeoning movement in culture: a movement of people who were hungry to engage with the world around them in new and creative ways. We saw this across all sectors and age groups but realized there was a common thread linking it all. This was a story we needed to tell and a movement we wanted to push forward. In 2006, we launched GOOD as “a magazine for people who give a damn.” It was imagined as an ongoing manifesto for this new movement and its community. We sought to inspire and inform people of the possibilities in our world, while providing each one a sense of connection to others who were thinking and operating on the same wavelength. Now, for the first time since we launched, we have re-imagined what this magazine could and should be from the ground up. A lot has changed over the last eight and half years. Social technologies have rewired our culture and upended entire industries. A global recession, along with growing recognition of our collective role in environmental change, further clarified how truly interconnected we all are. The whole notion of “social good” that we helped pioneer has evolved from a worldview on the fringe to something widespread, if not quite yet ubiquitous. GOOD has iterated and evolved over the years to match. We grew from a print magazine into digital media, video, events, and a strategic consulting practice that aims to help other organizations succeed while also doing good. Through it all, we’ve embraced experimentation and sought to try new things. We built and ran a social network for the GOOD community which ultimately did not work, though the core learnings from that are feeding into a mobile app we’re beginning to develop called CTZN.  Through all this change—in the world, in our company, and in ourselves—we decided last year that it was time to put some fresh thinking into the magazine that got GOOD going in the first place. We dove in, asking ourselves what kind of magazine we would create today if we were launching GOOD for the first time. Over the years, we knew our love of print had not faded, though what we seek from it now is quite different than it was in the past. Today, the web (in all its forms) does incredibly well at filling our needs for news and even inspiration. It’s even getting better and better at telling beautiful stories and creating immersive experiences—all things we excitedly embrace with what we do here on good.is. Yet, we realized there remains a space and, perhaps most importantly, a feeling that the web cannot reach, one which we set out to fill with this new version of GOOD. This is about creating a space of depth, of beauty, and of substance that we hope you’ll want to soak into. This is about larger stories and bigger pictures to wrap your head around. It’s about the unique and wonderful feel of turning pages with your hands. It’s about creating a more calming pace and contemplative experience where we can take our readers on a journey without the distraction of one million other options a click or tap away. It’s also about producing a physical object we could hold and bring into our lives, to leave on our coffee tables or bedside tables or collect on our bookshelves. The result of all this thinking is what is releasing now to the world. We’re excited about it, and even slightly nervous if we’re being totally honest. And though the form is now refreshed, the intent here at GOOD remains true: to celebrate, chronicle, and push forward a growing community of people committed to living like they give a damn. Today, in our hyper-connected world, we call this global citizenship. As we set forth that ideal, we see this new issue as our reminder—to be locally rooted but globally connected, fully engaged with the world as it is but optimistically focused on what it can be, inspired by those delivering creative solutions to real problems and ambitious to join them in the fight. In short, to get out of our minds, and get into the world. We hope you’ll check it out, and that you’ll enjoy what you see. We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments, or you can email me at casey@goodinc.com. And please subscribe, as this new issue is just the first step. We know it’s only going to get better from here.
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