New Town Planner To Take Helm

New town planner for Toms River, David Glynn Roberts (Photo courtesy Toms River Township)

TOMS RIVER – Longtime Township Planner Jay Lynch is retiring, effective January 1, and David Glynn Roberts will take his place.

Roberts, welcomed by township council at its meeting December 13, joins Toms River Township as its planner after 35 years of experience both in private firms and public sector.

In his biography provided by the township, Robert’s resume includes serving as a Land Use Planning Department Manager with the firm of Maser Consulting, PA and a Principal at CMX/Schoor DePalma, where he specialized in redevelopment, sustainable design and growth management.

Prior to his 21 years of private consulting practice, Roberts served as the Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Asbury Park (10 years) and an Assistant Planner in Norwalk, Connecticut (2 years) and for the Sussex County Planning Department in New Jersey (2 years).

In addition to several authorships, distinctions and certifications in the engineering and planning fields, Roberts also served as President of the New Jersey Chapters of both the American Planning Association, (1993 to 1997), and the American Society of Landscape Architects, (2003-04).

Lynch, who is retiring, has served as both the township planner as well as the township’s Director, Department of Engineering, Construction Services, Code Enforcement and Community Development.

He’s worked as a Professional Planner in New Jersey for 54 years and as a consultant for 40 years.

His legacy includes preparing at least 60 municipal master plans, plan updates and ordinance revisions;  acceptance as a zoning and planning expert in the courts throughout New Jersey; service as court-appointed special master on 18 New Jersey housing cases; advising municipalities on 27 urban redevelopment projects; and securing funding for 36 subsidized housing projects.