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: