Planning

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 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.

Announcements

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.

Agricultural District Review

Orange County completed its 2020 Eight-Year Agricultural District Review and sent its updated County Agricultural District Report to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (Ag & Markets) in November.  Ag & Markets will now review the report and proposed changes.  If it approves of the proposed changes, Ag & Markets will certify the 2020 Agricultural District Update.  The proposed changes are not official until Ag & Markets certifies the updated Agricultural District in early 2021.

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 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

The Department will continue to process NYS GML 239 reviews that are referred to the Orange County Planning Department.   We are in the process of identifying employees who have the capability to work remotely from home and are coordinating with the County’s IT to get this in place.  Municipalities can assist us in this effort by providing a digital copy of your referrals to our Department, including a digital copy of the Plan sets and supporting reports.  Most licensed design professionals (i.e., engineers, land surveyors or architects) have the capability to provide these documents to you in a PDF format.  Please continue to send hard copies of all Plan sets to our office for review.

Transit Orange

Given the current situation, we recommend contacting your local bus operator for the most up to date service information for your specific area.

While there is potential for a delay in the processing of ADA paratransit applications, in an effort to avoid this we will be accepting emailed applications at planning@orangecountygov.com.  

Transportation

The Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) staff continues to carry out planning and programming activities and will continue to work part time in office and part time at home in order to adhere to social distancing requirements. Staff will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners remotely, as we progress through the summer. All required meetings and public outreach activities will continue virtually until further notice. 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:

Census 2020

Thank you to all who completed the 2020 Census!  Orange County's self-response rate was 67.0%, up from 61.9% in 2010.

Grants

The Grants Unit will continue to work with County Departments to develop competitive grant applications, identify new grant opportunities, provide post-award grant oversight, and supply technical assistance and guidance to departments.  County Departments can assist us by providing a Concept Approval Form and communicating early their intent to apply for new funding.  The Unit does not distribute grant funding.  We will also be monitoring funding opportunities that may arise in response to Covid-19.

For more information and frequently asked questions and answers, please visit FAQ

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