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Eoin Wrafter

Planning and Development
27 High Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Voice (845) 486-3600   Fax (845) 486-3610
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  • Annual Agricultural District Enrollment
    The annual enrollment period for inclusion in one of the County’s four existing Agricultural Districts begins April 15th. Only parcels judged to be “predominately viable agricultural land” will be included. The application can be found here.


  • Municipal Innovation Grant Program
    We are pleased to announce grant funding opportunities for all local government entities who have taxing authority within Dutchess County. This grant program is intended to spur innovation and identify best practices that will result in tax savings and a reduction of the property tax levy.  Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday, May 19th. Click here for complete grant information, the application and instructions.

  • Bicycle Parking Finder
    A new online map tool has been developed to find bicycle parking locations throughout the county. The map includes designated bike routes, points of interest, and search and printing options. The tool relies on public input to add locations-check it out and use the Contact tab to let us know where other bicycle parking exists! View the tool here.
  • Agricultural State of the County 2017
    This new annual report from our Agricultural Navigator highlights recent activities, trends and happenings in agriculture. It includes a snapshot of the industry, our top commodities, and the diversity of our products. View the entire report here.
  • 2015 Rental Housing Survey
    Our annual report on the rental housing market in Dutchess County is now available. View data on market-rate rentals as well as tax-credit and subsidized units. The main trends for 2015 were increased rents for all market-rate units surveyed, and very low vacancy rates. View the entire 2015 Rental Housing Survey report here
  • Referral Identifier Tool
    A new webtool has been developed to help Dutchess County municipalities determine whether or not to refer certain actions for review per NYS GML 239. Click here for instructions and to access the tool.
  • Consolidated and Expedited Permitting and Review Application
    In an effort to encourage and facilitate investment and job creation, Dutchess County has established a consolidated and expedited permitting and review process for "priority projects." Download the instructions and application (.pdf)
  • DCPF eNewsletter January/February 2017 Issue:  Market Analysis in the Comprehensive Plan (.pdf)


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The Department of Planning and Development helps to maintain and enhance the County's quality of life. The Department is responsible for countywide planning, coordination of economic development activities, planning assistance to local governments, and comprehensive mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) data.Planning and Development Mission Statement image 

Significant projects and programs include:

The Department also provides administrative oversight and support to the Traffic Safety and STOP-DWI programs, the Department of Solid Waste, the Criminal Justice Council and several community agencies, which provide a wide range of programs for the County's residents, businesses, and visitors.

View a listing of staff for the entire department.


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