The Orange County Department of Planning is engaged in issues of land use planning, transportation, public transit, education, trends research, resource management, agriculture, open space and economic issues that affect the County.
The Department staffs the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) – serving as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for this region.
The Department also provides staff support to the Orange County Water Authority (OCWA), the County Planning Board, the County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, and the County Municipal Planning Federation.
As an Affiliate of the New York State Data Center, the Department also researches and distributes demographic and economic data, including the dissemination of US Census information.
Units of the Department include: land use, transportation/transit, water authority, grants, and tourism.