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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

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan Public Hearings
The Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development and the City of Poughkeepsie Office of Social Development are in the process of preparing the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. The City and County complete a joint plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This Plan establishes the priorities for the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funds. The County and City anticipate receiving $15 million dollars through these programs over the next five years. The current Consolidated Plan priorities are listed on pages 76-79 of the 2013-2019 plan.  

Two public hearings will be held to give the public and interested agencies an opportunity to comment on the County and City’s needs and priorities as they relate to housing and community development. Additional details regarding the public hearings are available here, and the hearings will be held on:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
City of Poughkeepsie City Hall

Common Council Chambers 3rd Floor
62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Dutchess County Farm and Home Center

2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY 12545 

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

Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Applications
In anticipation of future funding, we are soliciting potential Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Program projects. We are only seeking applications for Open Space and Farmland Protection grants or Water and Wastewater Facility Planning and Development (Construction) grants in 2020. Applications must be submitted on or before 4:00pm Friday, December 6, 2019.

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

2018 Rental Housing Survey
Find out what Dutchess County's rental housing market looked like in 2018. In it's 36th year, the 2018 Rental Housing Survey (.pdf) analyzes rental and vacancy information for several types of rental housing.

DCPF eNewsletter – Current Issue:  Understanding Short-Term Rentals – The Challenges and Possibilities of STRs in Our Communities, Sept/Oct 2019