Planning

The Planning Division provides research, advisory and administrative support for an array of comprehensive and land use planning functions within the City of Poughkeepsie.

Comprehensive Planning

The City’s principle long-range plan, known as the “Comprehensive Plan,” serves as the blueprint for future growth and development, and provides a policy framework in which to guide municipal decisions. Usually updated every 5-10 years, the Comprehensive Plan was last revised in1998.

The Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP), which was drafted by the Waterfront Advisory Committee and adopted in 1998, provides the City and its residents with policy guidelines to help guide current and future land use decisions along the Hudson River waterfront.

Planning Staff assists in the application and administration of a variety of Federal and State planning, design, and construction grants.

Planning staff collaborates with City, County, and State agencies on a variety of highway, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle transportation planning projects.

Land Use Planning

A principle function of the Planning Division is to provide advisory and administrative support to the City’s Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Waterfront Advisory Committee, and Shade Tree Commission.

Boards, Committees & Commissions

Planning Board: The Planning Board reviews a variety of development-related applications, including:

  • site plans
  • subdivisions
  • special permits
  • signs
  • façades
  • Common Council referrals for advisory opinions
  • plans for altering nonconforming uses.

Planning staff attends all Planning Board meetings, and provides advisory and administrative support to the Board.  In addition, planning staff ensures that all applicants comply with State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requirements.

  Planning Board Agenda - March 18, 2014 (37.3 KiB, 381 hits)

  2013 Planning Board Meeting Dates (21.5 KiB, 1,542 hits)

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board that is responsible for making zoning interpretations, recommending zoning changes to the Common Council, approving changes of legal nonconforming uses, and for ruling on area and use variance requests. Planning Staff attends all Zoning Board of Appeals meetings and provides advisory and administrative support.

  ZBA Meeting Notice and Agenda - April 8, 2014 (28.6 KiB, 89 hits)

Shade Tree Commission: The Shade Tree Commission (STC) was formed in 1978 in order to study the problems and needs of the city in connection with its tree planting program and to make recommendations to the Planning Board, City Administrator, and Mayor as to type and kind of trees to be planted in the City. Other functions include the dissemination of news and information regarding the protection, maintenance, removal and planting of trees in the City.  Planning staff attends all STC meetings and provides advisory and administrative support.

Waterfront Advisory Committee: The Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) was appointed by Mayor and Common Council in 1986, and has served in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, Common Council, Planning Board, and other City officials for all activities and/or developments within the delineated boundaries of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Zone.  Planning staff attends all WAC meetings and provides advisory and administrative support.

  Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) Agenda (32.7 KiB, 322 hits)

Application Deadlines and Meeting Schedules:

Planning Board:

  • applications must be submitted to the Planning Department three weeks prior to the Planning Board Meeting.
  • meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers (third floor) of City Hall.

Zoning Board of Appeals:

  • applications must be submitted to the Planning Department three weeks prior to the ZBA Meeting.
  • meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers (third floor) of City Hall.

The Shade Tree Commission:

  • meets the first Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Department, second floor, City Hall.

Waterfront Advisory Committee:

  • meets the first Wednesday of the month, when necessary, in the Common Council Chambers (third floor) of City Hall, at 6:00 p.m.

Need help or have any questions? Call us to make an appointment – we’ll be happy to meet with you.

Office Location

City Hall – 2nd Floor
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm

Contact Info

845-451-4055 Office
845-451-4006 Fax

Planning Department forms are available in the Downloads section of this website.