News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

Date: November 28, 2000




Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today that he has signed two resolutions: one authorizing additional funding for the Dutchess County Open Space and Farmland Protection Matching Grant Funding Program and another adopting the Greenway Connections: Greenway Compact Program and Guides for Dutchess County Communities.

On November 13, 2000, the Dutchess County Legislature approved the County Executive’s request for a second one million dollar appropriation to continue the program he initiated one year ago. In October the Dutchess County Planning Board announced four matching grant awards drawn from the first $1 million. The additional funding will be available for a second round of matching grant applications due January 31, 2001.

According to Mr. Steinhaus, "We look forward to building on the success of the first round of funding, which has enabled us to leverage state, federal, and private funds to protect more than 600 acres of our irreplaceable farmland and open space. Our matching grant fund is a key element in implementing the goals of our Greenway Compact. Together, the Compact and the fund are a unique and practical approach to supporting our agriculture industry, preserve open space, create new recreational opportunities and promote smarter growth."

Dutchess County requested and received a two-year grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway Committee council to develop a Greenway Compact Program for Dutchess County to serve as a model for other counties in the region. The Greenway Connections program has been prepared in cooperation with local municipalities as well as with the Greenway Council.

"This Compact will provide for renewed commitment to more thoughtful development standards, economic development, natural and cultural resource protection and other goals of the Greenway Program," said County Executive Steinhaus. "I commend our Department of Planning and Development for its comprehensive and creative approach in developing the planning guide. We are excited to have had the opportunity to provide useful guidelines for our communities and assisting other counties in the region at the same time."

Any municipality, land conservancy, or landowner is encouraged to consider participation in the County’s Open Space and Farmland Protection Program. Applicants must have secured at least two thirds of the total cost of purchasing property or development rights in order to be considered for a matching grant. To obtain an application, please contact the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development at (845) 486-3600.


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