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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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  • 2016 Agency Partner Grant Program
    We are pleased to announce the availability of the 2016 Agency Partner Grant Program applications. An orientation meeting will be held at the Planning Department, 27 HIgh Street, Poughkeepsie, at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. We will review the program goals and application forms, and answer any questions you may have regarding the application process at this meeting. Anyone considering submitting an application is STRONGLY encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to the Planning Department at (845) 486-3600 or
  • Aging-in-Place
    The question of where to live as one ages is not an easy one. As our Baby Boomers begin to explore their local housing options, many find they have more questions than answers. Click here to learn more about Aging-in-Place.

  • County Empowers Program for Energy Upgrades to Non-Profit and Commercial Properties
    Learn more about Energize NY which provides financing for a wide array of energy efficiency investments.  Save money, invest in your property and preserve natural resources.
  • 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. 
  • Training Opportunity
    Please join us on Wednesday November 18th from 5:30–8:30pm for an important training session on the Ins and Outs of the SEQRA Short Environmental Assessment Form, hosted by the Dutchess County Planning Federation. This is our final short course in 2015. Click here for more information and to register.


  • 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)


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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.

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