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 2023 in the Hudson Valley - Featured Events:
Tree Preservation Law - September 27th at 5:30 PM
Lower Hudson River Sampling and Investigation Work - September 27th at 6:00 PM
Reduce Energy Demand in Your Municipality - September 28th at 5:30 PM
Protecting Wetlands and Streams in Your Community - October 18th at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Additional regional events can be found at: www.HVClimateSolutionsWeek.org
See Recorded Meetings page for recordings of 2022 Climate Solutions Week meetings including Municipal Food Scrap Collection Programs, The Future of Waste: Recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility and Agrivoltaics: Maximizing Land Use with Solar and Agriculture.
NYSERDA Clean Energy 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.
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 www.Coronavirus.gov, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 OCTC@orangecountygov.com or call 845-615-3840 and someone will respond as soon as possible. For more information regarding COVID-19 and transportation, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html.
Please visit the OCTC website, www.orangecountygov.com/octc for more information.
For updates on our ongoing studies, click on the project website links below:
- West Central Transportation and Land Use Connections Study. Click here to take the Corridor Use Survey!
- Connect Mid-Hudson Regional Transit Study