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 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 U.S. Census information.
- The Orange County Legislature adopted a new County Comprehensive Plan in May 2019. This new Plan replaces the 2010 Plan but retains the five supplemental chapters: Open Space Plan, Water Master Plan, Greenway Compact, Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan, and Economic Development Strategy, and adds a sixth supplemental chapter focused on transportation. These documents are a useful resource for elected
officials, planning and zoning board members, and the citizens of Orange County who are interested in being involved in steering the future of the County’s landscape. The Plan and its supplemental chapters can be accessed here.
- 01-31-18 Orange County named a Clean Energy Community by NYSERDA