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Development & Planning

Of the many and varied undertakings of our department, at the very core of what we do is provide our local communities with the information and tools needed to plan for future growth and preservation. This includes researching and sharing best practices on a wide array of topics, evaluating emerging issues and trends in the field of planning and zoning, collecting and analyzing relevant data, and tackling bigger-picture thinking such as on community revitalization or affordable housing policy. In addition, we collaborate on training opportunities for local planning boards and zoning boards of appeal, and work with local municipalities to administer the required GML-239 referral process.


Municipal NYS GML 239 Referrals

Clearinghouse of info about actions that must be sent to County Planning for advisory review

Boards and Committees

Find out about the variety of boards and committees we participate in or lead


Demographics, agriculture, major projects, rental housing, homelessness, traffic counts, and GIS


Solar, Climate Smart Communities, SEQR, and Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)

Greenway Connections and Guides

Greenway Connections and Guides


Find out about annual training sessions for local Planning Board and ZBA members

Consolidated and Expedited Permit Application

Consolidated and expedited permitting and review