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.

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.



Round XI of the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now open, and applications are due on July 30, 2021 at 4pm. The 2021 funding round includes more than $750 million in state economic development resources with over 30 programs available through 9 state agencies.  Please see below for direct links to the CFA materials:

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

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.


The Department staffs the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC), which continues to carry out planning and programming activities.  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 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: