Richard Barth is Group Leader for the firm’s Land Use, Housing+Real Estate team. He brings more than 30 years of experience in land use planning, public policy, and community development to Capalino+Company, where he has facilitated a broad range of residential, mixed-use, and economic development projects in New York City, guiding projects from conception through all approvals. In his capacity at Capalino, he also advises private and not-for-profit clients on zoning, land use, housing, and real estate development issues and strategies.
Richard serves on the Board of the Citizen’s Housing Planning and Development Council, and was recently selected by City&State as one of the 50 over 50 distinguished leaders who have made a difference in New York City.
Richard is the former Executive Director of the New York City Planning Department where he served for 12 years after serving as Director of the Department’s Manhattan Office for eight years. He oversaw the preparation and implementation of innovative rezonings and comprehensive plans that opened neglected waterfront and other areas to new investment. He managed major initiatives to promote economic development, new housing opportunities, and neighborhood open space, revitalization and preservation.
Some of his notable achievements include guiding the creation of the Hudson Yards District on Manhattan’s West Side, the Special Lower Manhattan District and its revitalization, comprehensive amendments to the Theater Subdistrict to strengthen the Broadway theater industry, the Greenpoint/Williamsburg to reconnect the neighborhoods to the waterfront and to promote mixed-income housing, and the rezoning of downtown Brooklyn to facilitate high density commercial and residential development coupled with public investments in open space and streetscape improvements. He was also instrumental in facilitating significant office, residential, cultural, community facility, retail and open space projects in all five boroughs.