Patrick Gooch Senior Planner
Patrick Gooch has been a Senior Planner for the Genesee/Finger Lakes Region since 2018. His area of work includes planning and economic development with a focus on connecting and supporting municipalities and nonprofits that seek funding through the Economic Development Administration. Pat helps communities navigate and understand funding opportunities through the Economic Development Administration, New York State consolidated funding application (CFAs), and other opportunities as they arise. Additionally, Pat is passionate about helping municipalities plan proactively and manage unforeseen planning challenges in a productive, rather than reactionary manner. His career in planning arose from the nexus of economic development and the built environment and the potential for one to affect the other, sometimes in positive, sometimes in negative ways while working as a law clerk at the City of Buffalo’s Corporation Counsel. Accordingly, Pat changed course and transferred to the University at Buffalo to pursue a dual degree program in both law and planning. From that point forward he has focused on using his legal skills to ensure that municipalities have the tools and know-how to proactively plan for their needs.
Pat’s planning experience includes time at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab as a graduate researcher and a Law and Policy Analysis upon graduation and admittance to the New York State Bar. Most recently, Pat spent the past three years as Junior Planner and then Senior Planner at the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development. Pat is eager to use his skills and experience to help the communities of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Region proactively plan and address challenges as necessary.
Juris Doctor, University at Buffalo Law School
Master of Urban Planning, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History, Saint John Fisher College
Certificates / Certifications
New York Bar Admission 2014
Economic Development Strategic Planning Training, International Economic Development Council
Areas of Expertise
Pat’s areas of expertise include community development planning, planning law, municipal land-use regulation and process, economic development, and process/program administration. He has experience with food systems planning, land use planning and regulation, and drafting of local laws at the local and county levels.
While working on food systems planning Pat worked on both municipal and regional level planning efforts. Pat has advised municipal governments on zoning laws, planning efforts, and grant application, and management. He has also led planning efforts at the county and regional level and advised on county laws related to planning.
Pat works to make communities a better version of themselves through planning guidance and economic development projects that help move communities forward by enhancing the economy for all residents, improving quality of place, and fostering sound long-term decision making.
He is passionate about outdoor recreation and active living across the urban to rural living transect. His past work includes a master’s project focused on trail development, project management responsibilities for a 20-plus-mile equestrian trail, shared-use path grant application and subsequent project management, and grant application for easement acquisitions for a rails-to-trails project.
Pat is enamored with the use of technology to transform work flows, foster innovation, collect data, and enhance municipal services and transparency. He considers himself a precautionary pragmatic technophile, as he eagerly adopts new technologies that will benefit his work and life, but generally lets others test the waters of early adoption, and uses technology to achieve goals, rather than letting technology, in and of itself, be the goal.
Buffalo’s Food System: An Assessment of Current, Municipal, County, and State Policies that Regulate Buffalo’s Food System. Healthy Kids-Healthy Communities-Buffalo partnership and the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, University at Buffalo, 2012.
Contributing Author for Growing Together: Ensuring Healthy Food, Strong Farms, and a Prosperous Buffalo Niagara. Raja, Samina, Jessica Hall, J. Travis Norton, Patrick Gooch, Subhashni Raj, Taylor Hawes, and Jennifer Whittaker. Buffalo, NY: The State University of New York at Buffalo Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab and University at Buffalo Regional Institute, 2014.
Setting the Table: Facilitating Urban-Rural Connections through Food Systems Planning. Co-presented with Jeanne Leccese, MUP – Niagara River Greenway Commission and Kelley Mosher – Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, University at Buffalo.