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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


Dutchess County and City of Poughkeepsie HOME Investment Partnership Program 
The Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development (DCDPD), in partnership with the City of Poughkeepsie, is accepting applications from housing non-profit agencies, private developers and interested parties for the 2023 HOME Investment Partnership program (HOME).  The purpose of HOME funds is to assist with the creation of affordable housing throughout the county, with a priority for rental housing.  The HOME applications and instructions are available a the HOME Investment Partnership program webpage.  The application deadline is Friday, December 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  A virtual public hearing/workshop to review the program and application process will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. The link for the public hearing/workshop is  Persons interested in applying should contact Paul Hesse, Community Development Coordinator, at or (845) 486-3600 after reviewing the application to confirm eligibility.  

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Municipal
Applications are being accepted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal from municipalities that are members of the 2023 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 2023 CDBG Municipal Application Instructions and Guidance for important deadlines, eligibility requirements, and other important information.

2022 Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series ​​​​​​
We are happy to announce another session in the 2022 Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series: the Agricultural Education and Experiences in Dutchess County: Educator and Student Perspectives session will take place on Wednesday, November 9th @ 7:00 p.m. -- Please register here! For more information on the virtual series and this session, please click here

2022 Dutchess County Housing Needs Assessment Released
Housing affordability challenges are not new in Dutchess County but have taken on a renewed sense of urgency as a tightening housing market and rising prices bring this issue to the forefront for many. In an effort to get a better understanding of our housing situation, Dutchess County recently commissioned a countywide Housing Needs Assessment. The report includes an evaluation of housing, demographic, and economic trends from the past 10-20 years to help us understand what’s been shaping our current housing market, a projection of future affordable housing needs, and a strategy for action. Read the full report for more information.

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. 

2021 Rental Housing Survey
Find out what Dutchess County's rental housing market looked like in 2021. The 2021 Rental Housing Survey (.pdf) analyzes rental and vacancy information for several types of rental housing.

DCPF eNewsletter – Current Issue: Introducing the For-Sale Housing Report, a New Way to Track the Housing Market in Dutchess County – Plus, Takeaways from the 2021 Rental Housing Survey, July-September 2022