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►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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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

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Stuy Town wings resto | Samsung's West Village lease | UWS Meatball Shop (Wed, 30 Jul 2014)
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Vornado puts 1740 Broadway up for sale (Wed, 30 Jul 2014)
Manhattan's sleepy summer for jumbo-sized property sales just got a jolt. Vornado Realty Trust, one of the city's largest commercial landlords, has put 1740 Broadway up for sale, a 26-story,... To view the full story, click the title link.
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BofA's Countrywide to pay $1.3B in mortgage case (Wed, 30 Jul 2014)
Bank of America Corp.'s Countrywide unit was ordered to pay $1.3 billion in penalties for defective mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, a... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Nordstrom to Rack up Staten Island site (Wed, 30 Jul 2014)
Get ready for some serious discount shopping, on Staten Island of all places! Nordstrom Rack, the off-price division of Seattle-based department store Nordstrom Inc., plans to open a store at the... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Stories for Boys (Wed, 30 Jul 2014)
In June, the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys was optioned by Bryan Cranston’s production company. In July, Richard Linklater released his twelve-year in the making, magnum opus, Boyhood. Their films are part of a growing interest in stories of boys in small town, rural America having to fend for themselves—sometimes in the spirit of adventure, and other times, out of necessity. Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Rich Hill, which hits select theaters nationwide this August and will be available on VOD August 5, belongs to the latter category. [image position="standard large" id="537262" caption="Photo of Harley and his grandmother by Andrew Droz Palermo"] The title of the documentary is a reference to the titular Missouri town (population: 1393) that the film’s three central characters call home. There’s charismatic Andrew, whose family has moved in with relatives and are now 12 under one roof; fearful Harley who lives with his grandmother since his mother is incarcerated; and lonely Appachey, whose acting out lands him in a Missouri juvenile justice facility. Filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, who have Rich Hill roots, paint a bittersweet picture of a trio doing the best they can to avoid paths of quiet desperation.   Perhaps we will continue to find ourselves under the spell of sprawling stories of boyhood as a cultural counterweight to a sedentary generation who were raised on video games? Or, perhaps these films capture the fantasies of the contemporary male viewer who refuses to grow up? Call it boycore, if you will. [vimeo ratio="0.5625" position="standard" caption=""]http://vimeo.com/99662847[/vimeo]
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The Human Side of Spam (Tue, 29 Jul 2014)
[image position="standard large" id="537257"] When Spanish photographer and artist Cristina de Middel grew disillusioned with her work as a photojournalist—feeling that the media was too focused on pairing spectacular images and headlines rather than telling nuanced true stories—she went searching for inspiration in a peculiar place, her inbox. What emerged was “Poly-Spam,” a photo series of de Middel’s spam emails brought to life. Over the course of six months, she painstakingly staged and ‘recreated’ a handful of pleas for help from fictitious strangers in a multitude of dire straits. There’s the Russian widow trying to keep her deceased husband’s fortune from his greedy, ill-intentioned family, the Nigerian lawyer desperate to split a dead former client’s massive deposit with whomever will play along as next of kin, and Grace, a young English woman recruiting a husband in order to claim her inheritance so she can pay her university fees. [image position="standard large" id="537258"] Dear Sir / Madam  My name is Barrister Fagbemi Lateef i am a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney to the Late Mr.Matthew,(Chief Executive Officer)of BIOOIL OIL SERVICING LTD,who till his untimely death was a contractor with Texaco Nigeria in port Harcourt,Nigeria.Whom here in after shall bereferred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2005, my client, his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.  After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and properties left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged. Particularly, The African Development Bank Group Plc, where the deceased had a deposit valued at about US$3.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or have the account confiscated within the 6 weeks.Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased to have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$3.5 Million can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 45% to you then 5% for expenses. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to backup any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me immediately as I do not have much time in my disposal. Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.  Best Regards, Barrister Fagbemi Lateef The results beautifully smudge the distinction between fact and fiction—realistic, somber portrayals of the imagined despairing souls behind these typo-ridden letters. By putting faces to these spammers, fabricated as they may be, de Middel pushes the viewer to consider the balance between truth and lie. In her artist’s statement, she describes the series as “a tale adapted to the dreams and frustrations of modern times,” considering the way in which we consume images and information with each “deliciously written lie” she trains her lens on.  [image position="standard large" id="537267"] Good Day Sir, Am sorry to bore you with my mail. But I want you to understand that I truly need your assistance. My name is Grace Smith, I am 24 years old from England,I school and work as a tailor. I am the only daughter of my parents. My father died in a fatal motor accident on 6th March 2001,My sick mother who was suffering from cancer died not too long after she heard of the death of my father in the hospital. My father,had willed part of his Real Estate and the total amounts of Ј5,000,000.00 to me. Now at his death, and because things have become very hard for me paying my school fees and taking care of my other needs with the tailoring job I do a sa part time after my school couldn't help, so, I went to our Bank where this money was deposited. The Bank Manager explained to me that I will not be able to draw from the money, because my father had put a clause on the will, saying that before I will be given access to the money, I will either have to be 30 years old or above, or if I get married before the age of 30,in which case, my husband will be legible to collect the money on my behalf. If I can trust you, I will want you to stand in as my husband even if you are married to claim this money on my behalf as I will provide all necessary documentation and a marriage certificate between you and I to show the Bank that we're legally married before the British High Court here in United Kingdom. I am writing you this email purely on the ground of trust. While this transaction last, we must put emotions aside and face it, perhaps after everything, we might find a need for that if you are still single. Waiting to hear from you soon. Yours Truly, Grace Smith   Photos courtesy Cristina de Middel
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Why Oysters are Shacking up in Old Subway Cars (Tue, 29 Jul 2014)
[image position="standard large" id="537256"] In 2001, New York City had over 1,000 outdated subway cars on its hands. When they were first introduced in 1959, the old Redbird trains were gorgeous machines, but after four decades of service, it was time for the battered cars to be permanently retired. But rather than take them to a slag heap to be salvaged for scrap or crushed into little metal cubes, the city took 619 of the cars, stripped them of their windows and oily undercarriages, steam cleaned them, and then hauled the 20,000 pound metal boxes down to Delaware on a freighter ship. Then they dumped them all into the sea.  This wasn’t some fit of insanity or outburst of ecocidal rage. Quite the opposite, actually—dumping the city’s old subway cars into the water was just the first step in an effort to create new, artificial reefs off the eastern seaboard. By the dawn of the 21st century, most of the coastline of the mid-Atlantic states was a lifeless underwater desert. It lacked the nooks, crannies, and flat, porous surfaces in which oysters, blue mussels, and local fish, like the black sea bass, make their homes.  Subway cars formed the groundwork to restore that habitat and revitalize local shoreline ecosystems. By 2003, New York had dumped over 1,250 cars off the coasts of Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia. They were mutually beneficial arrangements; by offering to haul and dump the trains to the recipient states for free, New York was able to avoid the high cost of dumping the mass of scrap metal. In 2007, the incredible successes of the first reef project led to a national scramble, as states vied for the next 1,000 or so retiring cars to be sent their way.         New York’s subway cars aren’t the world’s first artificial reefs: As early as the 1600s, Japanese seaside communities used rubble and construction materials to create little kelp sanctuaries, and by the 1830s, South Carolinians were using reefs made of old logs to bolster fishing yields. Nowadays, you’ll find artificial reefs playing a big role in the shore ecosystems of cities like Aqaba, Jordan, Cancun, Mexico, and Wellington, New Zealand. Florida is especially fond of sinking decommissioned ships to form new reefs. (They once tried to use two million loose tires instead, but paid the price when many drifted away in the currents, thus becoming pollutants). [image position="half left" id="537260" caption="Illustration by Tyler Hoehne"] Since 1995, Delaware has been leading the charge to build artificial reefs in America. A year before the Redbird cars arrived, Delaware had already dropped tons of concrete, thousands of weighted tires, 86 military vehicles, and two sunken ships off their coast at 14 artificial reef sites. Other states, initially fearing that subway cars and similar human detritus could prove toxic to the environment in some unexpected way, stood watching the experiment cautiously— but Delaware’s gung-ho enthusiasm paid off, and by 2003 their once barren waters had developed a fish overcrowding problem. For many in New York, the highlight of the subway reefs are their potential to revive oyster populations—a goal many environmental and civic groups in the area share. Until the dawn of the 20th century, New York was a hotbed of quality oyster fishing, but as oyster populations declined, so did their bacteria-and-toxin-eating benefits, and pollution slowly ravaged the city’s coastlines.        Over the past few years, groups like the New York Harbor Foundation’s Billion Oyster Project have sprung up all over New York, creating mini-habitats for oysters as a means to clean up the waterways and restore them to habitable, usable environments. As of 2013, one organization alone, NY/NJ Baykeeper, boasted about 45 operational oyster bed sites. Landscape architect Kate Orff has begun designing visions of a revived waterfront, integrated into modern city life. The idea of harmonious integration, which might’ve seemed hopeless at one point—cities are often painted as direct adversaries of nature—now suddenly doesn’t seem so farfetched. As oyster revivals kick off over hundreds of miles of coastline, there’s growing promise in the belief that cities can indeed play positive roles in repairing the environment.
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A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City (Mon, 28 Jul 2014)
[image position="standard" id="537250" caption="Photo courtesy of Gwen Kash, The City Fix"] A high-flying cable car system called Mi Teleférico now connects El Alto, the world's highest and Bolivia’s second largest city, with La Paz, the capital that sits in the canyon below. The $234 million project’s first line opened at the end of May, offering an affordable route for the 85 to 90 percent of the population that relies on public transportation. Before Mi Teleférico, the only way to travel between the two cities was the winding, congestion-ridden La Paz-El Alto Highway. [image position="standard" id="537252" caption="Photo courtesy of Gwen Kash, The City Fix"] Less the iconic red streetcars of San Francisco or the sleek, driverless People Movers in Venice, Mi Teleférico scales the Andean mountain skies more like a ski lift, transporting commuters between El Alto’s cliffs and the heart of La Paz with an aerial system strung around one thousand feet above the ground. So far, daily ridership has averaged around 42,000 people, saving riders between 15 and 40 minutes per trip, according to the Bolivian Information Agency. Public officials hope that two tweaks to the program—reloadable fare cards and half-priced tickets for physically disabled commuters—will further increase adoption as cabling on the two remaining green and yellow lines finishes off over the next two months. When all three lines are running, Mi Teleférico will be the largest urban cable car system in the world.
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