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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 if you would like to receive our bimonthly 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. 

We have shifted to hosting free, online webinars during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our fall 2021 courses have been scheduled, see registration link and save-the-date information below. In addition, feel free to view some of our previous course materials at the archive link below.

OPEN for REGISTRATION:  Tuesday September 28th 5:00-7:00pm:  Land Use Issues for Legalized Adult-Use Cannabis and Perspectives from Massachusetts

SAVE-the-DATES (more information and registration links will be available in the coming weeks):

  • Tuesday October 26th 5:00-7:00pm:  Reframing the Debate – Why We Need to Build More Housing
  • Wednesday November 10th 5:00-6:30pm:  County Referral – A DOS Overview of GML 239, and Dutchess County Highlights

ARCHIVEMaterials from select previous presentations are available.


Our bi-monthly 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 Zoning Administrator
Hans Klingzahn (Secretary/Treasurer), Village of Fishkill Planning Board
Phil DeRosa, Town of Pawling Town Board
Bruce Flower, Town of Wappinger Planning Board
John Mautone, Town of Milan Planning Board
Anthony Robustelli, Town of Amenia Planning Board
Tom Van Tine, Town of Fishkill Zoning Board of Appeals
Carl Whitehead, Town of Poughkeepsie Planning Board