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For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021, countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us

Roger Akeley, Commissioner, Planning & Development, (845) 486-3600, FAX: 486-3610,  plandev@co.dutchess.ny.us

 

December 29, 2000

 

STEINHAUS ANNOUNCES NEW EFFORT TO PLAN SMART GROWTH AND PROTECT OPEN SPACE

Poughkeepsie...Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has proposed to the Dutchess County Legislature an expansion and restructuring of the Dutchess County Planning Board. The proposal will amend the Dutchess County Charter (constitution) to increase the number of citizen volunteers that make up the board from nine to thirteen members, as well as redefine its role.

According to Mr. Steinhaus, "I feel we can streamline and make more effective our efforts to preserve open space and farmland, protect our environment, address our housing shortage, and more wisely plan infrastructure if we broaden our representation of citizens and organizations on the Planning Board. Our development and land use policies and strategies will be improved if we include more voices from our key constituencies, stakeholders and traditionally involved community organizations."

The proposal by the County Executive also expands the present role of the Planning Board of advising the Planning Commissioner to now have a formal advisory role to help guide policies for the County Legislature and County Executive.

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