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Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner



Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan
Dutchess County has received a grant from the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets to update the Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan adopted in 1998.

Agriculture and Open Space
Find out about our program to help preserve important lands throughout the County, and learn more about Agricultural District certification.

Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)Farm with cows grazing
The Natural Resources Inventory describes the various resources found in Dutchess County, such as wetlands and water resources, slopes, soils, bedrock and surficial geology, biological resources, climate and air quality, and protected lands.  The NRI also provides guidance on how to use the information and data to inform local decision-making, and includes up-to-date maps using the county‚Äôs extensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) natural resource data layers.

Water and Wastewater Issues
Read the County's popular report on sustainability and septic system density recommendations, find the latest model ordinances for aquifer protection, and peruse a host of other valuable resources on water issues important to you and your community.

View information about New York's environmental review regulations.

ALERT:  New SEQR Forms In Effect:
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has revised the SEQR short and full environmental assessment forms, effective October 7, 2013. CLICK HERE to be redirected to DEC's website for more information.

Dutchess Goes Green
Find out what's going on in Dutchess County regarding the "green" movement and sustainability.

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