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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. 
 

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

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

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News & Announcements

Municipal Investment Grant (MIG) Applications Now Being Accepted
Applications are now being accepted for funding through the 2021-22 Municipal Investment Grant (MIG) Program.  The grant awards funding on a competitive basis to entities who have taxing authority (i.e. cities. towns, village, school/water/sewer/fire districts).  Priority is given to projects that partner with other municipalities and taxing authorities, develop shared services, align with the County's priorities and needs, and create savings for taxpayers.  The estimated availability of funding allocated for this grant cycle is $1 million.  For additional information, read the Application Instructions & Guidance and visit the Municipal Investment Grant webpage.  Applications must be submitted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal by 3:00 p.m. on May 19, 2021.
 

Annual Enrollment Period for Ag District Inclusion Now Open!
The annual enrollment period for inclusion in one of the County’s four Agricultural Districts begins April 15, 2021. Applications, found here, will be accepted through May 14, 2021. For more information, please see the department's Agricultural Districts webpage or contact the Dutchess County Soil & Water Conservation District at 845-677-8011 x3.


Dutchess County Eviction Prevention Line  
Dutchess County residents needing information about resources to help them avert eviction can call 211, or alternatively, 1-800-899-1479; choose to continue in English or Spanish; and press 7 to select the Dutchess Eviction Prevention Line. Specially trained 211 staff will ask tenants a series of questions and then provide them a customized list of programs which currently have funding and for which the tenant appears eligible based on the information provided; staff will also refer tenants to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, as appropriate. There is an online tool, with which residents can submit answers to the questions and receive a contact back from 211 with their customized resources. 
 

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.

2020 Rental Housing Survey
Find out what Dutchess County's rental housing market looked like in 2020. The 2020 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