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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


Find out about the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC)


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

Learn, Play Create 
The 2022 Learn, Play, Create grant application is expected to be released on February 1st. The Learn, Play, Create grant opportunity is open to 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 Application Instructions & Guidance 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-Poughkeepsie Land Bank Meeting 
The Dutchess County-Poughkeepsie Land Bank will hold a meeting on Wednesday December 15th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information please visit

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. 

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:  3 Takeaways (and 1 Big Headache) from the Initial 2020 Census Release, October-December 2021