►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.


►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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Rich-door, poor-door debate heats up (Fri, 25 Jul 2014)
The Manhattan borough president took aim at so-called "rich door/poor door" condominium towers that allow developers to construct high-priced units while reaping incentives for creating low-income... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Big midtown time-share ordered to suspend sales (Fri, 25 Jul 2014)
The state attorney general's office has barred the developers of one of the city's few timeshares—midtown's Manhattan Club—both from selling interests in the condominium and from... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Rising residential tide lands broker Fifth Ave. digs (Fri, 25 Jul 2014)
In another sign of the strength of the city's residential market, a new development marketing arm of Douglas Elliman Real Estate has opened at a posh new address. Douglas Elliman Development... To view the full story, click the title link.
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Fast-growing is eyeing the far West Side of Manhattan for office space. The software and cloud computing giant, which has expanded its office space on the West Coast and in London, has... To view the full story, click the title link.
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So You Think You’re a Foodie? (Fri, 25 Jul 2014)
At a time when chefs, restaurateurs, and recipe-makers are racing to bring back the trends of yesteryear or to put contemporary twists on old comestibles, it’s striking when their pop culture genealogy gets overlooked. Sift through the annals of screwball comedy, fantasy adventure, and science fiction, and you will discover a secret history of zany, pop cultural accounts that foreshadow the current culinary moment. Here is just a handful of our faves. [image position="half left" id="537245"] Foraging Your Show of Shows (1950-54) Years before Nordic food genius René Redzepi shocked the world with edible floral arrangements and meals made of seaweed and vegetables he discovered near his Copenhagen restaurant, Charles (Sid Caesar) discovered the joys of foraging at the table while eating at a “Health Food” restaurant with his doting wife, Doris (Imogene Coca). And to think, he didn’t even have to wait six months for a reservation.   [image position="half left" id="537239"] Locavorism The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-71) Though her Beverly Hills neighbors were left nonplussed, Granny Moses (Irene Ryan), the beloved matriarch of the Clampett clan, was way ahead of today’s 100-mile diet trend.  Her boiled buzzard, gopher gravy and possum pot pie ingredients were sourced straight from the backyard. Now that is local.    [image position="half left" id="537240"] Vegan Desserts Gilligan’s Island (1964-67) Long before vegan cupcake shops populated the American landscape with their agave-sweetened, faux-bacon crumble topping, Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) turned the tropical bounty surrounding her into Gilligan’s (Bob Denver) favorite desert isle dessert. The irresistible appeal of Mary Ann’s vegan coconut cream pie became a running gag on the show, though it would’ve never occurred to the modest Winfield, Kan., farm girl to blog about her recipe.   [image position="half left" id="537241"] Genetically Modified Foods Sleeper (1973) Long before genetically modified food created supersize produce and factory farming led to the growth of chickens with double D breasts, there was Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) in a future maybe not even 200 years from now.                                                                                                                                                                                                     [image position="half left" id="537242"] Dude Chefs Three’s Company (1977-84) Before Jack Tripper (John Ritter), people would look at you twice if you were an American male chef. Nowadays, Michael Voltaggio, Curtis Stone, and Spike Mendelsohn make it easy to forget that Tripper was deconstructing culinary conversations around gender—not to mention, regaling his two female roommates with chauvinistic repartee more than 30 years ago.   [image position="half left" id="537243"] Protein Shakes Heaven Can Wait (1978) In the 1970s, a movie character drinking a shake made of whipped liver, alfalfa sprouts, bean curd, and spinach just had to be from Los Angeles. So was the case with LA Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), who consumes one of these potent potions before an overeager angel preemptively books him a one-way ticket to the pearly gates—even though the gridiron great hadn’t actually died. Thirty-five years later, protein shakes account for nearly 50 percent of the sports nutrition market, proving that the titular character of Heaven Can Wait was ahead of his time in more ways than one.    [image position="half left" id="537237"] Eating Bugs Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Despite Willie Scott’s (Kate Capshaw) utter revulsion to the platters of bugs served to her during a feast at Bangkok Palace, Temple of Doom at least acknowledged the fact that outside the confines of North America eating bugs can be quite common. Thirty years after the fact, artisanal producers in North America and organizations targeting hunger in developing nations are increasingly advocating for the use of cricket or grasshopper flour as a high-protein, cost-effective ingredient. As of now, chilled monkey brains have yet to catch on. Illustrations by Nathan Huang
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Dear Nine-Year-Old Me (Thu, 24 Jul 2014)
“A Letter to My Younger Self” is a series of deeply personal letters written by world-changing women to their younger selves at an age when they could have used a bit of advice. Join GOOD + GAP in celebrating the power of perspective and the universal moments of struggle, healing and triumph that inspire the best in all of us.  #WomenInspire [image position="half left" id="537235" caption="Illustrations by Taleen Keldjian"] Dear Nine-Year-Old Me, I’m sure it will sound strange to hear this, but I am grateful for your struggle. The shock and sadness you are experiencing is real, and I know you think it will last forever. But I promise you, it will not. You have been uprooted—moving 8,000 miles across the globe to Israel, against your will and without your input. Your new home is a far cry from the comforts of Los Angeles.  Things feel strange and uncomfortable, from the chocolate milk that comes in plastic bags, to the teachers who seem to shout at you constantly and without reason. But you will see, in the end, this place will become your beloved home. I know you are angry with Ema (Mom) and Aba (Dad). You think they made this decision without considering you at all, when really, they did it for you. Your parents followed their faith to Israel. They wanted you to grow up in a place where your Jewish identity would surround you, alive and breathing, not just in a textbook or a prayer. What they did was take action. Not just talk, but do! You will grow up to be just like them. [image position="half right" id="537234"] I’m not going to lie, school is going to be rough. It’s not easy being the new kid. You might be an outsider now, but just wait! This will change. Give yourself some time to learn the language. It will be frustrating, and you’ll be doing a lot more listening than talking in this first year. The transition is going to be difficult for you, but whenever you feel a little lonely and left out, take comfort in the knowledge that you are honing one of your greatest superpowers. Listening is everything. You are learning how to communicate and hear without judgment or bias, and this special ability to listen will take you places you can’t even imagine. One day, you will use it to change the lives of incarcerated girls. These girls, who are not much older than you are now, have never truly been heard before. My job is to listen to their stories, help them discover their own worth, and set them on a path to rewrite their futures. I couldn’t have done it without you. [image position="half left" id="537232"] You see, being that outsider helped me learn to see otherness, and understand the need to belong. It taught me to adjust to change and speak my truth. I now have 3 daughters. One is exactly your age. She reminds me so much of you, with your outspoken nature and intense emotions. You are a perfect reflection of her. I look at her and I remember how angry you were when your world changed without your consent, and I laugh—not because it’s funny—but because I am doing the very same thing to my own children. And do you know why? Well, because as I know now, it is the right thing to do. You will grow up to be a facilitator of change, a peacemaker and someone who takes action. And that, my sweet girl, is a rare, unique treasure. With much love, Naomi Naomi Ackerman is an actress, activist and founder of the Advot Project, an organization that works with girls in juvenile detention centers, empowering them to tell their stories and learn behavioral and communication skills through theater. Born in the US, she immigrated to Israel when she was 9 years old, a powerful moment that shaped the world-changer she became. GOOD and Gap are sharing stories of how women bring us one stitch closer to a brighter tomorrow. Watch and share Veronika's story. #WomenInspire
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What to Do When Your Country is Drowning (Thu, 24 Jul 2014)
[image position="half left" id="537231" caption="Illustration by Tyler Hoehne"] The Maldives is drowning. The island nation’s leaders have been trying their best to communicate this to the world for at least six years, though their efforts have often been ignored or swatted away by skeptics. But according to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this isn’t a topic that’s up for debate—it’s just math. Over the next century, sea levels will rise by at least one foot, with some climate experts estimating the increase may be as high as four feet. The Maldives is, on average, three feet above the water. Thus, the Maldives, and several other island nations like it, will be submerged within generations, and it seems like the rest of the world has decided that they’re on their own—these people will have to save themselves. The Maldives is far from alone in having to deal with the consequences of the rising oceans. The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, suspects that erosion and the seepage of saltwater into farmland and drinking water may render his nation uninhabitable by 2030. In an act of proactive solidarity, a group of islands under similar threat, from Barbados to the Seychelles to Tuvalu, have teamed up to raise awareness of and brainstorm solutions to their collective plight. They’ve addressed the UN General Assembly and crafted international treaties like the Majuro Declaration on climate change to press larger nations to take responsibility for their emissions’ role in this crisis. But rather than respond to the dilemma of these countries facing watery peril, many of the world’s major powers have chosen willful ignorance and neglect. The UN declared 2014 the year of the Small Island Developing States, but made only cursory mention of environmental risks in their declaration. Meanwhile, New Zealand, closely situated to many of these threatened nations, has responded coldly to its neighbors' misfortune, recently rejecting a Kiribati man’s appeal for refugee status, after he fled his farm amidst fears the region would soon be inundated. Most egregiously, Australia has even ignored the dangers posed to its own small island peoples, sidelining reports from 1997 that warned them of rising sea levels in the Torres Strait Islands, located between the Australian mainland and Papua New Guinea. The Australian government then reacted slowly and inefficiently when flooding on the island of Tegua produced the world’s first climate refugees in 2005, and displaced even more people across the island chain in 2009. In further efforts to garner the global spotlight, the Marshall Islands are now trying to force the world to face the crisis through legal channels, still embroiled in an ongoing appeal to the Hague to issue an advisory judgment on their woes, and the Maldives, where they held a stunt underwater cabinet session, hasn’t given up on the power of publicity either. But for the most part, rather than wait for the world to realize just how dire their position has become, sinking islands are pursuing every opportunity to save themselves. Some of it is merely stopgap work, like planting taro in concrete-lined plots to stop salinization or, like Micronesia, constructing mangrove and reef barriers to hold back the tides. In cities like South Tarawa, the center of Kiribati and the locus of the country’s internal migration, citizens fortify rock, reef, and concrete sea walls, creating bulwarks against the waves. Recognizing that walls alone aren’t an indefinite answer, President Tong is exploring the idea of rebuilding the nation on a series of floating “lily pads” tethered to the ocean floor, each measuring two miles across and anchored around a half-mile high tower of vertical farms. The Maldives have a more modest project underway with a company called Dutch Docklands—part luxury development, part replacement housing for the citizens of the country’s capital, Male—and have already built up a reclaimed island at Hulhumale as a potential relocation site. Yet, the most likely solution, given the price tag attached to other potential solutions, will probably be for governments to purchase new islands, and eventually rehouse their people in less at-risk nations. The Maldives considered acquiring land in India and Sri Lanka, but, like Kiribati and Tuvalu, wound up approaching Australia instead. Kiribati has recently moved on from Australia, instead purchasing land from the Church of England on Fiji. Kiribati’s new deal makes sense—Fiji is a more secure island and one of the few nations that have promised to have their neighbors’ backs in the coming crises. And, if they play their cards right, the local I-Kiribati people will be able to keep their culture and customs, if not their sovereignty. But in a world where few are listening, and the brunt of the responsibility falls upon the shoulders of a handful of relatively poor nations with meager resources, simply keeping his people from becoming dispersed refugees will be a great victory for President Tong.
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The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery (Wed, 23 Jul 2014)
[image position="half left" id="537220" caption="Illustration by Tyler Hoehne"] On May 11 of this year, a man in the Worli neighborhood of south Mumbai reportedly stepped out onto the balcony of his 21st story high-rise apartment, and watched as a drone swooped from the sky to deposit a 13-inch margherita pizza at his feet. This wasn’t some misguided CIA hearts-and-minds experiment. It was an experimental delivery from Francesco’s, a local pizzeria, and a brilliant reclamation of one of modern warfare’s most ubiquitous monsters in the service of ever faster cheesy gratification. Avoiding Mumbai’s notorious traffic, the drone (flying at about 20 mph) reportedly made the two-mile delivery in just 10 minutes, a third of the usual wait. And, to many, it was also a saucy beacon of hope, that maybe this Mumbai pie in the sky could set an example for the West, where drone delivery has been attempted again and again, but has always been stymied by cautious regulators.           Mikhel Rajani, Francesco’s CEO, actually got the idea for aerial pizza delivery from Amazon’s December 2013 announcement (and promo video) that the online retail giant was hoping to use drones for future deliveries. But that wasn’t the West’s first drone delivery idea—our obsession with flying food, like most of our other great culinary innovations, probably began with a case of the munchies. As far back as May 2012, TacoCopter floated the idea of using drones to deliver food to the incurably lazy. Then there was California’s flying Burrito Bomber. In the UK, Domino’s recently celebrated the maiden voyage of their DomiCopter, and, just this month, a delivery of chicken wings from The Tilted Kilt of Milford, CT, followed suit. The fulfillment services proposed by parcel delivery companies like Amazon, FedEx, and UPS, were ultimately overambitious; the limited flight radius, low load capacity, and extreme expense of durable drones made them less than ideal for bigger packages, but food delivery actually seemed within reach .Yet, our dreams of hovering hoagies were dashed before they could take off, killed by governmental regulations (currently being challenged and scheduled for a 2015 revision) restricting the use of drones to hobby and recreational use.          Francesco’s almost proved that drone deliveries were possible and practical. Unfortunately, the Mumbai police didn’t much like their test run. After seeing the pizza delivery video, they launched an inquiry to see if Rajani had broken the law. He claims that, since the recipient didn’t pay for the experimental pie, it doesn’t qualify as commercial drone use, so he was in his rights under Indian law. A month after the video showed up online, the cops even released a report claiming that the flight may have been a hoax, a promotional stunt edited together for headline bait.           But even if the Francesco’s delivery was a stunt, there’s no reason to lose hope for airborne eats. Last year, China (despite earlier reservations) allowed SF Express to run deliveries of up to 6.5 pounds in the southeastern city of Dongguang. This year, the United Arab Emirates will use drones to send official government documents, like driver’s licenses, to citizens. And there is at least one fully functional drone pizza delivery system out there—DoDo Pizza in Syktyvkar, Russia. DoDo’s CEO Fyodor Ovchinnikov uses a combination of camera, GPS, and phone confirmation to defend against theft, lowering the pizza on a cable when the recipient walks out of the door. His drones, which are as cheap as $15 each, can carry up to 10 pounds and fly at about 25 mph. And now, like Ovchinnikov, at least one American company is ready to throw caution to the wind and take to the skies. QuiQui, a startup in San Francisco’s Mission district, wants to start using drones to deliver drugstore items. Taking advantage of recent uncertainty among regulators, they plan to start flights this month.        Whether a slice of pizza flew through the skies of India or not, existing drone deliveries from China to Russia to America have set a new precedent. The age of the drone is already upon us; there’s no use in cowering now. Just look forward to a delicious future of tacos, burgers, or chow mein, slipping the surly bonds of earth and floating gently through your living room window.
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