Planning Section responsibilities range from countywide planning to assistance to municipalities on development related issues. Guided by the County plans, Greenway Connections
and Directions, the ultimate objective of the Planning Department is to maintain and enhance the County's quality of life and economic climate and through the analysis of development alternatives and selection of the most beneficial courses of action.
The collection, analysis, and dissemination of data are an integral part of planning efforts. The Department provides census and demographic data
to residents, municipalities, non-profit agencies, and businesses.
and development applications. Goals in municipal and county plans and policies advancing the conservation of our natural and historic resources form the basis for these reviews.
Pursuant to New York State law, county planning reviews certain town, city and village
In addition to encouraging citizen participation in each of its projects, the Planning section serves as staff support to the Dutchess County Planning Federation, a volunteer organization that provides educational workshops and materials for planning and zoning officials and residents.