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

►Diligent, competent, fair-minded service, attention to detail, time and budgetary commitments and a versatile skill set have been hallmarks of over 25 years in the planning profession.  

 

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

 

►Since 1987.

 

►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

environmental planners

►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
John Lynch AICP Skills Resume.docx
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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

A balloon captures the skyline (Thu, 24 Apr 2014)
Developers and architects user a big white, camera-equipped balloon to help it photograph sites around New York City. Lucy, the name of the balloon, owned and operated by Falls Church, Va.-based... To view the full story, click the title link.
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On a budget? Try the Hamptons (Thu, 24 Apr 2014)
Looking for a nice getaway pad at the ocean? Try the Hamptons, where more than five years after the crash, property prices still linger below peak levels. What's more: There's no need for buyers to... To view the full story, click the title link.
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De Blasio proposes tax relief for Sandy victims (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed legislation in Albany on Wednesday that would prevent higher tax bills for city residents who rebuilt or repaired their homes after they were damaged by... To view the full story, click the title link.
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De Blasio to name new Rent Guidelines Board chair (Wed, 23 Apr 2014)
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will name Rachel Godsil—a former assistant U.S. attorney and law professor with expertise in land use, environmental justice and race—as the new chair of... To view the full story, click the title link.
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This Box of Pencils Supports Schools (Fri, 18 Apr 2014)
Public - Supply x Shinola pencils   Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola is teaming up with Brooklyn’s own Public - Supply to help kids get creative. The two design-forward companies have designed a beautiful line of classic pencils; picking up a box of these graphite-core orange No. 2’s will send money to an underserved Detroit public school to purchase art supplies.   Shinola, who’s been working to bring manufacturing dollars back into Detroit, uses only the most high-quality, exclusively sourced, American-made components. Public - Supply, who creates simple, hip notebooks and writing utensils, donates a quarter of their profits to art programs at high-need New York City schools.   "Art and design are especially important in today's world," said Adam London, Public - Supply’s co-founder. "We are proud to support the next generation of creatives and innovators."   Public - Supply's collaboration with Shinola marks the first time the company will be donating to schools outside of New York. Partnering with civic crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose, $4 from every box of pencils goes to classrooms in Detroit Public Schools. The pencils are available on Shinola's website, as well as at Shinola's flagship retail stores in Detroit and New York City.  
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Awesome Member of the Week: Amanda Fung Engages in Conversations About Business, Charity, and Global Development (Wed, 16 Apr 2014)
  GOOD is featuring interviews of devoted members each week on good.is. Amanda Fung is an aspiring changemaker and founder of the blog beyondbeadsandbaskets.com. Best advice I've ever gotten The best advice I ever received came in the form of a question: "Do you feel you are fulfilling your potential?" This question made me really evaluate whether I had been making the most of my life. At any given time, we each have a unique combination of knowledge, skills, experiences, education, resources, network of influence, and opportunities, in addition to passions and interests. If we want to help solve the world's greatest problems or even just make our lives count for something, we have to honestly ask ourselves whether we're making the most of what we've got and, if not, what we can be doing differently. One of the greatest things about potential is that it's not fixed. Every new day and every new experience stretches us or exposes us to something/someone new. You can fulfill your potential one day, but the next day have a new level of potential to fulfill. The key is choosing to be humble and teachable, denying comfortable ignorance or undue arrogance in favor of the unlimited possibilities that come with learning, growing and collaborating. It's a daily choice to make our lives count and it requires a daily commitment to fulfill our [new] potential.  Worst advice I've ever gotten "Stop being yourself. It intimidates others." Okay, so maybe it wasn't spoken in those exact words, but that's the message that I and many others I know have heard in various forms over the years. I'm not sure whether it's meant to be some kind of backwards compliment, but I do know that it has come across as discouraging to many a passionate, talented, smart, or successful individual. I've always found that greatness, in any form, tends to produce two reactions: 1) intimidation and insecurity, or 2) appreciation and inspiration.  Choose to practice the latter reaction when you encounter someone spectacular and try not to let others' insecurities keep you from letting out whatever greatness has been instilled in you. After all, your best self is what will serve society best.  Book I'd recommend "The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest" by Yochai Benkler A 'Do' I want to share with the world Do something that offers compassion to families who lost loved ones on MH370 instead of treating the story like a soap opera. My hero My dad. My dad must be one of the most brilliant, hard-working, generous men I know. He has overcome tremendous obstacles and has achieved so much.  He has shown me that it is entirely possible to have a successful, profitable business that operates responsibly, ethically and with integrity.  He taught me how to honour, respect, appreciate and invest in people who are different from me.  Without knowing it, his work on various boards and various projects has inspired much of my interest in social good. My favorite teacher Mr. Weber was my grade seventh math teacher. He saw potential in me that was beyond my capacity at the time and quite simply went after it. In a matter of weeks, I was applying grade 10 math concepts, in addition to keeping up with my regular homework. But more valuable than the math skills he taught me was the confidence he instilled in me to believe that I could do far more than I may have otherwise thought possible. My manifesto Make the most of what you've been given.  Why you should care about Syria Syria's civil war has been ongoing for over three years now. Millions have been internally displaced, millions have fled to neighbouring countries and over 100,000 are said to have been killed. While the media has largely stopped reporting on the story, many continue to suffer. Despite UN peace talks, there is no clear end in sight. So why should you care? I wrote about this in more detail here. My biggest goal for 2014 Relocate to Rwanda and continue inspiring social good by posting regularly on my blog beyondbeadsandbaskets.com and engaging people in conversations about business, charity and development.
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Internet for All: Why Google and Facebook Just Bought Drone Companies (Wed, 16 Apr 2014)
Google acquired Titan Aerospace this week, a New Mexico startup that builds solar-powered drones that can stay aloft for years at a time. The purchase comes a month after Facebook acquired a drone company of its own, the UK-based Ascenta. It seems tech giants are expanding into the skies. The incentive? According to Facebook, 10 to 20 percent of the world's population lacks access to 2G or 3G networks. To internet companies, they are an untapped market. Google and Facebook, flush with the type of intellectual and financial resources small nations could only dream of, have set out to bring that percentage down. Last June, Google launched "Project Loon," a proposed network of hot air balloons that will ride wind patterns in the stratosphere, and would be equipped with antennas that broadcast connectivity to the ground. Google tested Loon balloons last summer in New Zealand and continues to refine the technology in California's Central Valley. That project's goals mirror those of Facebook's new "Connectivity Lab," announced after its Ascenta acquisition last month. The lab aims to develop technologies to "bring internet access to everyone in the world." To this segment of corporate techno-science, drones are the next frontier. The type of 65,000-feet-high, autonomous broadband network teased by both companies has proved out of reach, but unmanned aircraft with the amount of airtime flaunted by the startups Facebook and Google scooped up could be the missing link. Titan Aerospace employees will contribute to Project Loon, according to the Wall Street Journal. Likewise, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a status announcing that Ascenta's employees will join Facebook's Connectivity Lab. The more important question: Will developing nations actually benefit? Zuckerberg laid out his rather broad philosophy last month in a paper that introduced the Connectivity Lab: "When people have access to the internet, they can not only connect with their friends, family and communities, but they can also gain access to the tools and information to help find jobs, start businesses, access healthcare, education and financial services, and have a greater say in their societies. They get to participate in the knowledge economy. Building the knowledge economy is the key to solving many of our big social and economic challenges, and creates new growth and opportunities for people in every country." Recent studies support the notion that internet access boosts development, if on more specific terms than those laid out by Zuckerberg. Last November, the consulting firm McKinsey predicted that if the internet reached the same scale and impact in Africa as mobile phones have, it could contribute $300 million to the continent's GDP by 2025. A Brookings Institute paper published this February argued that the internet is a key tool in opening developing countries to international trade. There is also the argument, brought to the top of the news cycle this month by USAID's failed "Cuban Twitter" scheme, that increased internet access improves free speech. A February Pew survey of 24 nations that lack majority access to the internet comments on this idea. In 21 of 24 nations surveyed, a majority of internet users participate in social media. And while the most popular topics of conversation are music and movies, at least six-in-ten social media users in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan say they share their political views online. In any case, Google's and Facebook's investments prove Silicon Valley's continued commitment to expand global internet access. Drones are but the latest tool.
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Your Neighborday Toolkit Is Here (Tue, 15 Apr 2014)
Too often, we are disconnected from the people who are just a stone’s throw away. It was in this spirit that we at GOOD created Neighborday, a new global holiday of local happenings. Last year, thousands of you answered our challenge to strengthen your relationships with those who share your walls and/or fences. As we look toward this year’s event, we’ve decided to offer a few helpful starter ideas on how to celebrate for you newbies out there.   Regardless of what you think of the people living in your neighborhood, we hope you can find something useful among these following resources that will add value to your Neighborday participation. Check out the added materials, including nametags and an official "This is a GOOD Neighborhood" poster. This Neighborday, maybe aim to simply break the ice with those people living in your immediate proximity. Print out one of these suckers, fill it out and slip it under the door of a neighbor who you barely know. Then head for the hills. We’re pretty sure you won’t end up with a restraining order and you might even make that awkward interaction in the elevator each morning a little less awkward.   Down with the cause, but simply stretched too thin to throw a balls-out block party? Celebrate Neighborday through modest means and streamline your life in the process. Create a phone tree among your neighbors, print and then distribute. You’ll immediately sense an increased interconnectedness without feeling like you’re lost in Mr. Rogers’ land of make believe. Plus, you never know when having that name and number in your phone will come in handy.   If forging ties with those who live nearby is the cherry on top of your existential ice cream sundae, then have we got a neighboring assignment for you. Host a Neighborday party with these added nametags. Print out an official "This is a GOOD Neighborhood" poster, you Neighboring Nut, and prove to all of those around you why neighboring is all it’s cracked up to be. If you like being the center of attention, put on an apron and chef’s hat and orchestrate a backyard barbeque. If you’re OCD about spring cleaning, maybe try coordinating an everybody-on-the-block yard or stoop sale. If you’re a neat freak, purchase some industrial-strength garbage bags and wrangle your neighbors for a quick street cleanup.   So you’re a big-shot social innovator. Well, anyone can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Bring your game to neighboring. Porchfest, movie night? Roving dinner party? Barnraising? Guerrilla garden planting? You’re the one with the big ideas, come up with a collaborative activity to improve your neighborhood with your neighbors and set in motion on Neighborday. Email community@goodinc.com with your plans and send us pics or video! Neighborday is a new idea, and it needs your help to bring it to life. So however big or small you end up going with your neighboring plans, here’s a few last things to keep in mind: 1. Please go here and click the green To Do button to add yourself to growing group of founding mothers and fathers of this new holiday. By doing so you’ll also get helpful tips and reminders along the way. 2. Help us document what Neighborday looks like, feels like and sounds like to set the example for years to come. Tweet and Instagram with #neighborday so we can see how you built your community on April 26. 3. Spread the word. Tell your friends and family near and far that April 26 is Neighborday.
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Phone:  914 478 0800

 

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New York, NY 10038

 

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