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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


Solar, Climate Smart Communities, SEQR, and Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)



Find out about the Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC)


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

Notice of Public Comment Period
Dutchess County 2023 Consolidated Annual Performance and
Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development (DCDPD) invites public comments on its draft 2023 CAPER which outlines Dutchess County’s accomplishments for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs for the period March 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024.

The CAPER is available for public review for a 15-day period from Monday, May 6, 2024, to Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The CAPER is available on the County’s website here and during normal business hours at DCDPD, 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 107, Poughkeepsie NY 12601.

A public hearing will be held on:

Monday, May 13, 2024
10:00 a.m.
Dutchess County Planning and Development
85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 107, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Virtual Link –

Written comments and questions may be directed to Gail Padalino, Community Development Administrator via mail (at the above address), email to, or phone at 845-486-3600. All comments will be considered and included in the final Report as appropriate, which will be forwarded to HUD on or about Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

Environmental Planning Updates

  • Natural Resources Inventory

We are excited to announce the release of Dutchess County’s latest Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)! Please visit to learn more about the natural resources of Dutchess County. Be sure to use the accompanying Environmental Mapper application, which helps guide land-use decisions and natural resource protection.

  • CAPI (Climate Action Planning Institute)

In 2023, Dutchess County began participating in the Hudson Valley Regional Council’s (HVRC) Climate Action Planning Institute (CAPI). CAPI is a facilitated, collaborative working group through which a select group of local governments develop greenhouse gas emissions inventories and climate actions plans. 

Dutchess County’s Government Operations GHG Inventory Report has now been made available, and our Government Operations Climate action plan and Communitywide GHG Inventory Report are coming soon – stay tuned!

  • Climate Smart Communities Task Force Annual Report

Please see the Dutchess County Climate Smart Task Forces Annual Progress Report for 2023 to learn more about the many programs, projects, initiatives, and goals the Climate Smart Task Force members have accomplished in 2023, and will continue to work on in 2024.  

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. 

Housing Reports
Find out about annual and special housing reports published by our Department:

  • 2022 Rental Housing Survey – Analyzes rental and vacancy information for several types of rental housing. Previous reports available for review date back to 1999.
  • 2022 For-Sale Housing Report – Analyzes sales, prices, new home construction, and housing characteristics for one-family homes. This is a new effort, so previous reports date back to 2021. 
  • 2022 Dutchess County Housing Needs Assessment – 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. Dutchess County commissioned a countywide Housing Needs Assessment, published in 2022. 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.

DCPF eNewsletter – Current Issue:
Protecting Wetlands and Streams in Your Community – Grasping their Vital Role as New York Implements Regulatory and Mapping Changes, January-March 2024