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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


2016 Short Courses (Training Opportunities)
We are pleased to announce the following Spring 2016 short courses:

Spring 2016 DOS Training
Wednesday April 6th, 4:00-8:30pm
Session 1: Behind the Scenes – Roles and Responsibilities of Planning Board and ZBA Secretaries
Session 2: Planning and Zoning – An Introduction
     Click here to view the course handouts

Case Law Update & How to Read a Site Plan
Tuesday June 14th, 5:00-8:30pm
Session 1: Case Law Update, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Session 2: How to Read a Site Plan, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
     Click here for course information and to register

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 April 2012.

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
Tom Adams, Town of Fishkill Zoning Board of Appeals
John Bickford, Town of Hyde Park Zoning Board of Appeals
Phil DeRosa, Town of Pawling Town Board
Anne Dexter, Town of Hyde Park Planning Board
Hans Klingzahn, Village of Fishkill 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
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