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Dutchess County Planning Federation

Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


County Planning Federation logoThe Dutchess County Planning Federation supports the efforts of local volunteers involved in the community planning process throughout the County. The Federation, in partnership with the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, has presented educational workshops to local officials and residents for over 20 years. This cooperative effort also produces a monthly educational eNewsletter, Plan On It, that reaches over 1,400 email subscribers. The Federation is governed by a Board elected by members at the annual meeting.

If you would like to receive our bimonthly eNewsletter, and occasional email alerts announcing future training opportunities, please send a request to be added to our mailing list

2017 Short Courses (Training Opportunities)
We are pleased to announce the following Spring 2017 Short Courses:

  1. Spring 2017 Learn & Earn:  Planning and Zoning – An Introduction, and Hot Button Land Uses
    Tuesday April 25th, 4:00pm–8:30pm
    CLICK HERE for 4/25 Course information and the Register
  2. Beacon: Renaissance of a Community Using Code Enforcement, Zoning & Planning
    Wednesday May 31st, 6:00–8:00pm
    Stay tuned for a full description and registration link
  3. Shifting Your Perspective: Experience and Plan for Accessbility Challenges
    Date/location to be announced
    Stay tuned for a full description and registration link

Materials from select previous Short Course presentations are available.

View issues of our bimonthly (6 issues/year) eNewsletter, Plan On It, produced in partnership with staff from the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development.

Federation Goals
The Federation focuses on the following goals:

  • To provide education and information to members and the public regarding regional, urban, rural, and local land use planning so that sound planning and zoning will lead to the orderly growth and development of our communities;
  • To serve as a resource for information on the purposes and techniques of planning, zoning, and land use control;
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of experiences in the handling of common land use planning problems often found in our communities; 
  • To serve as a county voice for the planning and zoning boards of Dutchess County.


Constitution and Bylaws
View the DC Planning Federation's Constitution and Bylaws (.pdf), as amended in October 2016.

Dutchess County Planning Federation Board Members
Jay Trapp (President), Red Hook Village Board of Trustees
Michael TJ McCormack (Vice President), Town of Clinton Planning Board
John Bickford (Secretary/Treasurer), Town of Hyde Park Zoning Board of Appeals
Tom Adams, Town of Fishkill Town Board
Phil DeRosa, Town of Pawling Town Board
Anne Dexter, Town of Hyde Park Planning Board
Hans Klingzahn, Village of Fishkill Planning Board
Anthony Robustelli, Town of Amenia Planning Board
Tom Van Tine, Town of Fishkill Zoning Board of Appeals

Annual Awards Program
The Federation recognized a wide range of outstanding projects and planning efforts throughout the County from 2000 – 2007. Check out previous award winners.

Contact Information
For more information contact Heather LaVarnway, Planning Department liaison to the Dutchess County Planning Federation, at:

27 High Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486–3600
Automated Response System:  Go to Your Dutchess Direct


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