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Planning & Development

The Department of Planning and Development is responsible for comprehensive county-wide planning, Greenway program implementation, farmland and open space preservation, review of municipal planning and zoning development projects, planning assistance to local governments, technical expertise on community development and affordable housing, transportation planning, implementation of certain grant programs, and mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) data. 




Development and Planning

Comprehensive array of information and tools to help communities plan for future growth and preservation



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


Funding Opportunities

Find out about grant programs for municipalities, nonprofits, developers, and senior citizens

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

Mapping & Applications

View our maps, or try out mapping tools for referrals, bicycle parking and more!


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

Publications & Studies

Annual reports, bimonthly articles, and more expansive studies


Planning and Development forms in one convenient location

Meeting and Events

News & Announcements

Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series -- First Session Registration Open!

The Dutchess County Agricultural Advisory Committee is hosting the first session of its 5-part Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series. Entitled Communicating Agriculture: How to Work with Your Assessor and Enhancing Landowner/Lessee Relationships, this session will take place on Wednesday, February 24th at 7pm. This session is free to attend, but advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please click here

Childcare Relief Scholarship Fund - 

Applications are being accepted from low and moderate-income Dutchess County families in need of a childcare scholarship for their school aged children (5-12 years old).  Scholarships will cover 75% of the child's daily tuition and will be awarded to randomly selected applicants.  Dutchess County has $180,000 available for county residents living outside of the City of Pougkeepsie and the City has $90,000 available for city residents.  For additional information, read the Guidance and Application instructions.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  
Public Library Grant Opportunity

Applications are now being accepted from public libraries to promote Dutchess Reads efforts, with $50,000 in funding specifically aimed at bridging the digital divide and addressing technology barriers to literacy, early reading, literacy for those seeking jobs and English as a second language.  For additional information, read these Application Instructions & Guidance and visit the Agency Partner Grant webpage.  Applications must be submitted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal by 3 p.m. on March 12, 2021.  

Dutchess County & City of Poughkeepsie Microenterprise Stabilization Grants

The County has made $430,000 in grants available to assist microenterprise businesses negatively affected by COVID-19; a microenterprise is defined as a business with five or fewer employees, including the owner. The program will provide grants of up to $10,000 to stabilize microenterprises and preserve low- and moderate-income jobs.  More information about the requirements and how to apply can be found at Community Capital of New York. Additionally, the City of Poughkeepsie has made $200,000 in grants available. Learn more about the City program on Community Capital of New York's website.

2019 Rental Housing Survey

Find out what Dutchess County's rental housing market looked like in 2019. In it's 37th year, the 2019 Rental Housing Survey (.pdf) analyzes rental and vacancy information for several types of rental housing.

New County Publication Available

Our department has developed a new report series entitled Blueprint: An In-Depth Look at Planning Issues. These reports are research-based and take a closer look at planning topics of interest to our local communities. The inagural edition, Fielding Farm Friendliness Through Planning and Zoning (.pdf), is now available here

DCPF eNewsletter – Current Issue:  Food for Thought – Supporting Urban Agriculture through Planning & Zoning (.pdf), January-March 2021