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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)


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

Upcoming Sessions in the 2021 Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series
Join us for three upcoming sessions in the 2021 Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series! Topics include agricultural education on Thursday, July 29th, the resurgence of local food on Tuesday, August 3rd, and land pressures faced by agricultural operations on Wednesday, August 11th. For more information and to register for these sessions, please visit the Farming in Dutchess Virtual Series website.  

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020-2021 Action Plan 
Dutchess County and City of Poughkeepsie have released the draft 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for public comment. The Consolidated Plan outlines the priorities by which the County and City will allocate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds from 2020-2024. Related to this plan, the County is also releasing the 2020 and 2021 Action Plan.  Both documents, along with the County’s Citizen Participation Plan, are available for public comment at the above links or in-person at the Dutchess County Dept. of Planning and Development, 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 107, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The comment period for these documents will run until Thursday, August 5, 2021. An in-person public hearing on the plans will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Poughkeepsie City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd floor, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. A second virtual public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at via this link. Questions or comments should be directed to Anne Saylor, or (845) 486-3638. 

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.

Partnership for Manageable Growth (PMG) Applications Now Being Accepted
Dutchess County is currently accepting PMG applications for open space and farmland protection projects, as well as pocket parks in existing centers. The Department requests that applicants send a list of potential projects to County Planning by July 1st to facilitate site visits. The deadline for full, written applications is September 1st. To apply, please click on the following 2021 application and application guidelines. More information on the PMG program can be found here.  

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:  Non-Conforming Uses and Dark Leases – Why They Matter and How to Address Them (.pdf), April-June 2021