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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.



News & Announcements


Public Library Grant Opportunity
The Dutchess County Legislature has allocated $75,000 to promote Dutchess Reads efforts, with 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 and visit the Agency Partner Grant webpage.  Applications must be submitted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal by 5 p.m. on March 20, 2020.  

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, Searchable Agricultural Resources Application Released
Agricultural resources abound! The Agricultural Resources Inventory Application (ARIA) is a new, online searchable application that includes descriptions and contact information for a variety of local, state, and federal agricultural agencies, as well as virtual food hubs. Organized by desired topic, this application will aid farmers, producers, the public, and municipal officials in navigating and utilizing these agricultural resources.

Dutchess County Certified as a NYS Climate Smart Community
As of September 27, 2019, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced that Dutchess County has earned Bronze-level certification in the New York State-Certified Climate Smart Community program. In November 2018, the Climate Smart Communities Task Force was established to review the elements of the Climate Smart Communities program, in order to certify Dutchess County as a Bronze-level CSC within 12-18 months. Through its diligence, the County received its certification in just ten months, completing the mandatory actions and documenting enough priority actions to earn 122 points in the program’s rating system. For more information on the new designation, please see the following press release or the CSC homepage

2020 Census Complete Counts Committee
Dutchess County has established a 2020 Census “Complete Count Committee” to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 census. The motto of the committee is "You count, so be counted!"  For more information on the committee, please see our webpage

DCPF eNewsletter – Current Issue:  Understanding Recent Changes to Tenant Laws in New York State, Nov/Dec 2019