Expertise for Communities

Planner of the Month: Lynne Sweet

Friday, March 18, 2022 10:56 AM | Michaela Morse (Administrator)

Consulting Planners of Mass. is excited to continue our Planner of the Month series by featuring long-time CPM member Lynne Sweet. This spotlight on our members enables us to learn more about the important work they are doing as consulting planners, and offers us an opportunity to share some of their insights into many aspects of the planning profession.

Lynne Sweet is the Founder and Principal of LDS Consulting Group, a full-service consulting firm that has been in action for 22 years. She spoke with CPM President Leonardi Aray and shared her experience in market research, land use and permitting, and the affordable housing industry, as well as her own lessons in work-life balance and some positive changes brought by the pandemic. Watch the interview below or refer to the table of contents for a section that interests you.

Table of Contents

    • Lynne's intro – 0:00-01:04
    • Current projects – 01:05
    • How the pandemic has impacted clients' requests – 02:54
    • Personal lessons from the pandemic – 05:04
    • Tough commentary in public meetings – 06:10
    • Zoom vs. in-person public meetings – 07:18
    • Lynne's community & favorite areas – 08:29
    • Why CPM – 09:15


This interview was recorded in December 2021. Lynne joined CPM's Executive Committee in early 2022 and looks forward to furthering CPM's contributions to the planning community.

If you are interested in suggesting yourself or a fellow CPM member as a future Planner of the Month, please reach out to CPM President Leonardi Aray at

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