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Planning Federation

The Dutchess County Planning Federation (DCPF) supports the efforts of local volunteers involved in the community planning process throughout the County. In partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, the Federation has presented newsletters and educational workshops to local officials and residents for over 40 years.

Join our mailing list (email "subscribe" to if you would like to receive our eNewsletter and occasional email alerts announcing training opportunities. 

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Training Opportunities

In New York State, members of our local planning boards and zoning boards of appeal are required to earn at least 4 hours of municipally-approved training credits per year. To help our local volunteers meet that obligation, the DCPF hosts numerous training sessions during the spring and fall of each year. 

Spring 2024
Registrations are now open for all of our spring 2024 educational courses! Two courses will be held in person at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, while one will be a Zoom Webinar. There is limited seating available for the in-person courses — if you are interested in attending one or more, please click on the links below for more information and to register.

ARCHIVERecordings and/or materials from select previous presentations are available.


Our regularly-issued eNewsletter, Plan On It, brings you timely, single-article issues about planning and zoning topics that range from best practices to big thinking, geared for members of municipal planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, and legislative bodies. Produced in partnership with staff from the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development.

Dutchess County Planning Federation Board

The Dutchess County Planning Federation is governed by a Board of Directors. Members serve for 3-year terms, and are governed by the Federation's Constitution and Bylaws (.pdf).

Current Board Members:
Anne Dexter (President), Town of Hyde Park Planning Board
Barbara Roberti (Vice President), Town of Wappinger Director of Strategic Planning and Municipal Codes
Hans Klingzahn (Secretary/Treasurer), Village of Fishkill Planning Board
Norma Drummond, Town of East Fishkill Zoning Board of Appeals
Bruce Flower, Town of Wappinger Planning Board
John Mautone, Town of Milan Planning Board
Anthony Robustelli, Town of Amenia Planning Board
Carl Whitehead, Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Board