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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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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High prices take toll on residential sales (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
The median price of Manhattan homes inched up only slightly during the third quarter of the year, but many owners are pricing their property as if the market is still soaring, according several real... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Hell's Kitchen kids' gym hits the frying pan (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
A children's gymnastics business is in bad shape. Bounce and Flip, which opened early last year in Hell's Kitchen, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. The company cited assets of... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Crain's names Best Places to Work (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
With an ever-growing number of firms taking decisive steps to create a workplace where employees are collegial, inspired by their work, empowered to take initiative and get credit where credit is... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Prospect Heights clam bar | Music ends for entertainment group | Shake Shack lease (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
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A New Social Network for Marijuana Users (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
“Hash” tag illustration by Tyler Hoehne The social-networking world is fraught with danger for marijuana consumers. Facebook won’t let you use a fake name, your mom follows you on Instagram and your Twitter account is strictly professional. Where’s a cannabis connoisseur to go when he or she wants to post photos of their other best buds? A nation turns its lonely, reddened eyes to MassRoots, the social network billing itself as a safe place for the cannabis community. Fashioned in the likeness of Instagram, the mobile app facilitates interactions between marijuana enthusiasts around the United States, users and purveyors alike. Here, within the safe cyberwalls of MassRoots, users are free to post photos of their joints, buds, bongs, toking selfies, and marijuana memes away from the prying eyes of disapproving family, friends, and co-workers. Dispensaries can also use the app to connect with consumers directly, advertising new strains and specials on their photo feeds. The app’s founders also hope people will use the app to organize support around marijuana legislation and mobilize people for pro-pot rallies and petition signing. “Just as LinkedIn has become a person's professional identity and Tinder has become a person's dating identity, we want MassRoots to be a person's marijuana identity,” the site proclaims. Unlike Facebook, the only things required to sign up for the app are a username and password; users are not required to give their real names. The app already boasts 170,000 users (mostly between age 18 and 24) and more than 42 million interactions. Mobile-app developers and stoner buddies Isaac Dietrich and Tyler Knight are the app’s ambitious architects. According to company lore, they came up with MassRoots while passing joints in Dietrich’s apartment in Norfolk, Virginia, more than a year ago. Previously, the two app founders worked for Scott Rigell’s (R-Va.) campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Rigell does not support the legalization of marijuana use. Dietrich and Knight have since moved to Colorado, where they are helping turn the state into “the Silicon Valley of cannabis.”  Just this week, MassRoots organized a marijuana technology hack-a-thon in Denver that gathered 150 developers, investors, and spectators in one place.  "One of the stereotypes that we're trying to dispel is the fact that we smoke weed almost every day," Dietrich told the BBC. "But that doesn't mean that we're not productive—it doesn't mean that we don't do hard work.” Dietrich and Knight’s effort may be paying off —this summer, the enterprising smokers raised almost half a million dollars in financing, for a total equity investment of $625,000.  
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A $113 Million Idea Conquering the World is a Beautiful Thing to Watch (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
Share this on Facebook? This is the last Ice Bucket Challenge video you'll ever need to see: a hypnotic visualization of one of the biggest viral philanthropic phenomenons ever.  This video uses data from Google Trends to show how quickly the challenge spread across the globe. The 30-day period represented in this video, from August 7 though September 6, shows the trend reaching peak virality in the United States and many other countries, as well as the beginning of its fade into meme history.
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Spreading the Word on High-Impact Nonprofits, a Dollar a Day (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
Illustration by Tyler Hoehne One of the people behind the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is on a new mission: Get you to donate a dollar a day and learn about different nonprofits along the way. That’s the thinking behind Dollar a Day, a service that launched Wednesday from Kickstarter creator Perry Chen and what he calls “a group of friends, mostly volunteers, who are trying to create something small that can have a really big impact.” Donors who sign up simply provide their name, email, and a debit or credit card for a $30 charge every 30 days. That tax-deductible donation gets divvied up—you guessed it—a dollar a day to a nonprofit in one of six areas, including education, health, and human rights. Daily emails inform anyone interested, not just donors, on the featured organizations. Just spreading the word on great nonprofits could prompt further involvement, such as additional giving or volunteering, Chen says. The initial idea for the site came after thinking about ways people could discover nonprofits aside from those already in the mainstream. “It isn’t that easy, or maybe that often, that people learn about new nonprofits that might resonate with them,” Chen says. What came after working one night a week—a little more than that, in the lead up to launch, Chen admits—for about a year was Dollar a Day. Aside from ways to signup to donate or to receive the emails profiling nonprofits, the site offers a calendar that promises to profile at least the next 60 organizations to receive funds. One of Dollar a Day’s staff members leads the conversation on which groups to feature on the site, a process that Chen says favors those developing innovative solutions to problems in one of the site’s six core areas. (An FAQ answer on the site notes, “nonprofits that support a particular religion, government, or political party” can’t make the cut.) Consistent fiscal responsibility is also assessed through publicly available documents. Dollar a Day—itself a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status pending—does not take any money from the $30 donations for operating costs. As for audience, there’s no one demographic or persona Dollar a Day is going after, though according to Chen, there was broad appeal in supporting lesser-known (but just as impactful) organizations. “There’s a lot of good intention out there,” he says. “There’s a little gap in something between the good intention and the action, so that there’s just a [need for a] little bridge. The hope is that Dollar a Day can be that in terms of how people connect with and discover nonprofits.” Chen, who moved from CEO to chairman of Kickstarter at the beginning of the year, said both Dollar a Day and Kickstarter harness the “power and the scale of the web” to maximize a collective’s impact. In the hours before launch, Chen believes the site’s impact will lie in donor engagement. “If people discover one or two nonprofits that really resonate with them and they go on to have further engagement with that nonprofit, I think that’s a huge success.” 
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The Show Must Go On (Wed, 01 Oct 2014)
“God only gives you what you can handle,” right? Comedian Tig Notaro begs to differ. A little over two years ago, Notaro, 43, stepped onstage at the West Hollywood club Largo and delivered an opening line for the history books: "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?” The audience laughed nervously, unsure if Notaro was joking. She wasn’t. Just a few days before, Notaro had been diagnosed with breast cancer. But the bad news didn’t end there. Over the span of four months, Notaro had also: caught pneumonia, contracted a life-threatening intestinal disease known as C. diff, lost her mother in a freak accident, and broken up with her girlfriend. The events of those tragic four months became the unlikely material for her set that night at Largo. Notaro has given new meaning to the phrase “the show must go on.” Previously a comedian’s comedian without a large public following, her set at Largo skyrocketed her to cult icon status. Louis C.K. described it as one of the “greatest standup performances” he'd ever seen. Within six months, Notaro had released her Largo set as an album on iTunes called Live (pronounced like the verb, not the adjective), received a Grammy nomination, landed a book deal, and begun making the rounds on late-night TV. But more important than any professional accolade, Notaro was pronounced cancer-free. I had first listened to Live in New York City, while lying in a hospital bed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center last spring. I was having my own annus horribilis, which bore an eerie resemblance to Notaro’s. At age 25, I had undergone a life-saving bone marrow transplant and just completed three years of chemotherapy for leukemia. But instead of celebrating life A.C. (after cancer), I found myself back in the hospital with C. diff (the same intestinal disease that Notaro contracted) while also going through a breakup with my boyfriend of four years. I laughed and cried as I listened to Notaro give a brutally honest and hilarious report on where her mind had been and what had happened during those four months. For those 30 minutes, I didn’t feel so alone. The truth is that we all have moments in life when we think things can’t possibly get any worse—until they do. But more than anything, Notaro’s story reminded me of the healing power of comedy. Last week, Notaro and I chatted on the phone about life A.C.—what she’s been up to since Largo as well as her Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour, which opened last week and runs through mid-November in the United States before heading to Australia. Check here to see if she’s stopping in your city. What made you decide to get so raw and personal at Largo that night? When I walked onstage that night at Largo I had nothing else to lose. I’d lost everything and I just didn’t care anymore what I shared and what people knew. I went out on a limb and took that chance. It felt more natural and right to do that than doing old jokes and stories. “It was definitely therapeutic. I felt carried by that audience.” Was talking publicly about what you’d gone through therapeutic? Oh yeah. Feeling heard, speaking through my comedy, trying to make light of things, and being onstage that night was essentially me asking for help and reaching out into the darkness of Largo. I was just trying to find humor in it and seeing if people would go there with me. I was asking ‘is this funny?’ and together we guided each other through it. It was definitely therapeutic. I felt carried by that audience.  How has experiencing so much tragedy in such a short time changed you and your priorities? I feel like I was a relatively happy person before. I think it just heightened my happiness and gratefulness. I’m aware daily that I went through that and that I’m a happy person… I don’t want to be driven into the ground by anything that is going to take away from the quality of my life. All of that has become clearer to me—not just because of the cancer, but after losing my mother and being in the hospital, in surgery and drugged up for so many months. Fear and sadness can be incredibly powerful creative motivators. You’ve mentioned how happy you are now. Do you feel like happiness has become a creative motivator in the work that you’re doing now? Yes, actually. A lot of people tie depression and darkness to comedians but I’ve never felt that I need to be in a miserable space to create. I think creativity can spark at any moment. I’m happier than I’ve ever been and I’m prouder than I’ve ever been of the work that I’m doing right now. I’m living proof that you can be happy, not miserable, and succeed. What advice would you give to me, or others, who have experienced tragedy or illness? I know what helped me was just keeping a very small focus on what was in front of me. When I had cancer, when my mother died, and when I was truly rock bottom, what was helpful to me were just the smallest steps of even just lying still and breathing and being like: ‘Ok, I’m alive. I’m here. And I’m breathing. Now I’m going to take a step beyond that even if it’s just a literal step.’ It was so helpful to me to focus on a small area and to not worry about things too far ahead. Each of those small steps has led me down a much bigger, longer road. “I think creativity can spark at any moment.” What message do you hope people will take away from your story? Just to be able to see that it is possible to push through another hell and when you get through hell, if hell arrives again, that you can push through that too. It’s really just a basic story of not giving up at all. You’re about to start your tour ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted.’ Can you tell me about your choice of title and what it means to you? It’s a play on that movie Girl, Interrupted: the boyish part being that I’m not tremendously feminine. And the interrupted part is about those four months that went down. My stand-up comedy for the tour isn’t heavy though—it’s personal stories about my life right now. I briefly touch on what I went through but it’s all pretty lighthearted and fun. And then there are just some flat out ridiculous parts, too.  Do you feel like you’re coming out of that interruption now? I definitely feel like things are falling back into place. It’s taken a while. I’m in the middle of moving and unpacking all of my mother’s furniture, I’m healthy, and very excited about my career and my life ahead.   
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