Land Use Planning
Land use planning is the process that agencies and elected and appointed municipal officials use to ensure that land is used efficiently for the benefit of the wider economy and population, as well as to protect the environment. Land use planning may also be referred by other terms, including regional planning, town planning, urban planning, urban design.
In New York State, local authorities have broad authority and are strongly encouraged to protect the natural resources within their jurisdiction. Municipalities can protect the important natural resources through a number of mechanisms, including adopting an updated comprehensive plan, zoning laws, subdivision and site plan regulations, overlay districts, and specific environmental ordinances or local laws.
Resources for Natural Resource Planning
Please see the following resources, or contact our staff:
- Dutchess County Natural Resource Inventory – the Dutchess County NRI was updated in 2010 and provides rich data and maps on the county’s water resources, soils, geology and topography and biological resources and other information to aid in sustainable land use planning.
- Table of Local Environmental Laws & Ordinances of Dutchess County Municipalities – CCEDC Working Document, updated as of August, 2014 (PDF).
- Model Local Environmental Ordinances & Laws – Click here for links to various model ordinances on wetlands, groundwater, steep slopes, energy conservation, and other issues.
- Presentation on Local Environmental Law – CCEDC 2008 PowerPoint Presentation (PDF).
- Pace University Land Use Law Center – Materials and resources from Pace, including a database of model environmental ordinances.
- Dutchess County Greenway Connections Guide – Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development.
- NY Dept of State – Resources for Municipal Governments, including the Municipal Government Handbook and Smart Growth resources.