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

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Find out about the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC)

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

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News & Announcements

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Municipal Applications Available
Applications are now being accepted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal from municipalities who are members of the 2022-2024 CDBG County Consortium.  Approximately $1,000,000 will be made available for projects that primarily benefit low-and moderate-income residents.  Please visit the CDBG webpage and review the 2022 CDBG Municipal Application Instructions and Guidance for important deadlines, eligibility requirements and other important information. 

CDBG Municipal Public Hearing & Workshop
An in person and virtual public hearing/workshop to review the 2022 CDBG Municipal grant program and application process will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 107, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  Alternately, click here to join the meeting virtually.  If attending in person, please register so we can ensure adequate spacing.  For additional information or to submit comments in writing, contact Christie Bonomo, Community Development Administrator at cbonomo@dutchessny.gov.  


Dutchess County-Poughkeepsie Land Bank Meeting 
The Dutchess County-Poughkeepsie Land Bank will hold a meeting on Wednesday August 25th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory (PUF) Community Hub located at 8 North Cherry St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Members of the public are welcome to attend. See the Meeting Notice and Agenda (.pdf).
 

New Grant Opportunity for Nonprofit Youth Organizations:  Learn, Play, Create Grant Applications Now Being Accepted 
Applications are now being accepted for the Learn, Play, Create one-time grant opportunity for youth-serving libraries and other youth-serving organizations that promote learning, art enrichment, and sports activities.  Funding will be awarded for specific purchases or needs related to enhancing youth opportunities, such as equipment, supplies, or other one-time expenses.  Please refer to the Learn, Play, Create Application Instructions & Guidance (.pdf) for more information, as well as a list of eligible applicants and expenses.  Applications must be submitted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal.
 

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:  Exploring the Highs and Lows of the Planning Profession – From a Storied Beginning, Through an Era of Infamy, to Finding Our Collective Purpose, July-September 2021