Planning Boards & ZBAs

Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


Zoning Referral Process (GML-239)
According to State Law, certain applications to local boards must also be circulated to County Planning for review and comment (called "Referrals"). Referrals must be submitted to us by the reviewing municipality, not the applicant. 

FAQ: Find out more about GML-239 Referrals (.pdf) 

FORMS:  For municipalities submitting Referrals, please use these forms to expedite processing:
          239 Planning/Zoning Referral - EXEMPTION COMMUNITIES Form (.pdf)

        239 Planning/Zoning Referral - STANDARD Form (.pdf)
          SEQRA Circulation Form (.pdf)

Referral Identifier Tool: Wondering how to know if the location of a proposed action in your municipality could make it subject to County Planning referral review? Use this tool to figure out whether it's within our jurisdiction.
          Access the Referral Identifier Tool
          View instructions for using the Referral Identifier Tool (.pdf)

Referral Exemptions: Since 2016, 28 out of 30 municipalities in Dutchess County have signed a municipal agreement with us to exempt certain actions from County Planning referral review. Municipalities will realize a time savings and possibly an expedited local review process for these actions because they no longer need to be sent to us for review.
          Draft Referral Exemptions Intermunicipal Agreement
          Referral Exemptions FAQ

Updated SEQR Forms in Effect
Effective October 2013 the NYS DEC revised the SEQR short and full environmental assessment forms. Visit DEC's website for more information.

Planning Functions of Local Boards
Find out which planning functions can be performed by which local boards.

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