News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021,

October 10, 2001


Dutchess County Planning & Development
Recognized for Planning Excellence

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce the County’s Department of Planning and Development has received the prestigious Heissenbuttel Award for Planning Excellence from the New York Planning Federation.  Honoring “an individual, municipality or agency for outstanding or innovative accomplishment in the planning field, and/or for consistent support of the New York Planning Federation in its efforts toward better planning,” this award was accepted by Roger Akeley, Commissioner of Planning and Development, at the 2001 Annual Planning & Zoning Conference in Saratoga Springs on Monday, October 8.

Carmella Mantello, Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, nominated the Dutchess County Planning and Development Department for its tireless work in implementing the Greenway Compact Process, a program designed to enlist communities to adopt a common statement of land use policies, principles and guides.  In her nomination, Ms. Mantello called the Planning Department a “flagship for implementing the Greenway Compact Process” and praised the County’s Greenway Connections as an “innovative approach to plan implementation” to unite with local governments so that common high-quality development principles will be more effectively applied.  To date, 18 Dutchess County communities have become part of the Greenway Compact.

County Executive Steinhaus added, “Greenway Connections is the first document of its kind developed by a member County of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and ties in perfectly with our Partnership for Manageable Growth Program.  The compact is another example of Dutchess County taking the lead in creating partnerships for farmland protection and open space planning and will serve as a model for other Counties to use in formulating their plans.  The award is a tribute to the forward-thinking programs initiated by Mr. Akeley and his dedicated staff to protect the resources of Dutchess County.”

Commissioner Akeley added, “Henry J. Heissenbuttel was the first Planning Commissioner in Dutchess County when the post was created in 1961, so this award has special meaning to the members of the Department of Planning and Development.  Mr. Heissenbuttel was a true visionary, favoring strong urban centers and preservation of open space even back in the 60s.  He was a proponent of orderly development and careful land use, carefully monitoring suburban sprawl in a decade when the County was experiencing rapid growth.  We are proud to be a part of an initiative that does just that – our Greenway Connections – and are honored to receive the award named after our first Commissioner.”


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