About Us

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, grants and economic issues that affect the County.  The Department consists of five (5) functional units as follows:  Environment, Grants, Land Use, Transit and Transportation.

The Department staffs the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) - serving as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for this region.

Additionally, the Department  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.

The Commissioner of Planning also serves as the County’s Fair Housing Compliance Officer.  Concerns relating to fair housing issues may be directed to the Planning Commissioner.

As an Affiliate of the New York State Data Center, the Department also researches and distributes demographic and economic data, including the dissemination of U.S. Census information.


Climate Solutions Week

Coming to Grips with Global Warming, a Program via Zoom on October 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm

The Orange County Planning Department presents “Coming to Grips with Global Warming”, a free program with Dr. Michael Edelstein, President Emeritus of Orange Environment, Inc., Dr. Ludmila Smirnova, Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College and Fadoua Brour, who currently heads up Orange Environment’s Energy Transition and De-Carbinazation Program.  Dr. Edelstein will give a brief overview of the climate crisis and the need for rapid decarbonization, including the implications for Orange County and other Mid-Hudson residents and municipalities.  Registration is required –  to attend, please contact Kate Schmidt at :  Kate will provide participants with link to the Zoom meeting.  There will be an opportunity for audience participation.  Click here for more information.

Sustainability Fair Sunday October 24, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm 

Please include in your calendar this week:

In celebration of the Hudson Valley’s first Climate Solutions Week, Orange County Department of Planning is hosting a Sustainability Fair on Sunday October 24th from noon to 2:00 pm in the Village of Goshen at the Village Green (by the fountain) at the 5-corner intersection of Main Street and NYS Route 207.  Please join us to learn about composting, energy, electric bikes, invasive species, and even help build a bee hotel. Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners will be on site to answer all your gardening questions and demonstrate how to build a backyard composter. More activities still being confirmed!

FREE! All welcome. Great for adults and kids.  No rain date.

Be sure to visit to learn about additional events occurring around our region. 

Contact Kate Schmidt with any questions at:

NYSERDA Clean Energy Program

 NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities Program 

Learn how to become a NYS designated Clean Energy Community (CEC) and the potential to receive funding for simply taking important, environmentally sustainable actions through NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program.  Learn details here.

COVID-19 Information

As New York State and our community in Orange County responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is important to maintain the most up-to-date health regulations. To stay informed, check resources like the, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and Orange County Department of Health regularly. 

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Orange County Planning Department is carefully complying with state and county guidance on the NY Forward reopening plans so that we can continue to provide critical and essential services while ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our employees and restoring service and interaction with the public.  The following is an update with respect to certain functions and projects of the Department.

New York State General Municipal Law 239 Reviews

In keeping with New York State General Municipal Law Section 239, paragraphs l, m, and n, the Orange County Planning Department reviews land use applications referred to us by local boards where the actions proposed are within 500 feet of the following locations: a County or State road; a municipal boundary; a County or State park; County or State owned land containing a public building; a County-owned stream; or an active farm operation in the Orange County Agricultural District. Additionally, new local laws affecting zoning or land use must be referred regardless of location.  Municipalities may submit applications electronically to or may transmit paper copies of applications to the Planning Department at 124 Main Street, 1st floor, Goshen NY 10924 by mail or personal delivery.  Please note that applications should include all relevant information, and that planners may request additional information prior to making a recommendation for action. If you have any questions regarding the GML 239 process, please contact Megan Tennermann, AICP, Land Use Planner, at

Transportation Council

The Department staffs the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC), which continues to carry out planning and programming activities.  Due to the announcement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ending the state disaster emergency on June 25th, the ability to hold solely remote open meetings has also ended. As a result, OCTC will return to holding in person meetings, as well as provide a call in/video conference option when feasible.  Should our situation change we will update this announcement and email members.

To contact us, or to request to be added to our contact list, please email us at or call 845-615-3840 and someone will respond as soon as possible. For more information regarding COVID-19 and transportation, visit 

Please visit the OCTC website, for more information. 

For updates on our ongoing studies, click on the project website links below: