Richard Bass is a licensed professional planner with more than 35 years of development and planning experience.
Richard is recognized in New York and New Jersey for his experience in community and economic development projects, comprehensive and strategic planning issues, zoning, and affordable housing matters. Throughout his career, he has played a significant role in numerous large-scale residential, commercial and retail developments, including a number of high-profile matters involving government-sponsored economic retention, relocation and incentive issues.
Richard also frequently represents clients in 2nd Avenue Subway construction impact mitigation issues, and regularly serves as an expert witness in complex eminent domain actions, including those involving the Atlantic Yards, Hudson Yards and Columbia University expansion in Manhattan.
Earlier in his career, Richard served as planning director for Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. While in that position, he worked on the rezoning of the Riverside South project, and helped with the transition from the old City Charter to the new – using community based planning principles to help redefine the role of the Borough President as a political advocate in the land use process. Prior to that he served as director of planning for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and as planning director for the cities of Jersey City, New Jersey and Coral Gables, Florida. Richard started his career in Jerusalem planning new towns for the State of Israel.
He is an adjunct professor at Hunter College, where he leads a site planning workshop and an annual planning studio, whose recent topics have included "Second Avenue Subway Construction Issues," "Master Plan for West New York," 'Master Plan for Hastings-on-Hudson," and "Future Population Growth in New York City: Housing Construction Issues." Previously Richard taught urban planning at Columbia University for many years. While there he led a group of students who produced a Master Plan for Bat Yam, Israel, which is currently being implemented.
Richard is a frequent speaker on issues related to planning, development and community empowerment. Richard is also a co-author of Herrick's land use and environmental blog, ZONE, which keeps readers up-to-date on the latest issues in land use and environmental law.