The Planning Department provides staff support to the Planning Board and the Town Board regarding Town development. The department also provides technical assistance to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), the Conservation Advisory Commission (CAC), the Climate Smart Task Force (CSTF), and to various planning study committees.

Planning Board

For information about the Planning Board, please visit the Planning Board page.

Note: The Planning Department strongly encourages applicants to contact staff for an application consultation prior to submitting an application to the Planning Board. In most cases, planning staff will be able to organize an informal pre-application meeting with you and your team in order to set your project on the correct path for review.

Planning Studies

Comprehensive Plan Update

On October 6, 2021, the Town Board adopted the Comprehensive Plan Update.

The Comprehensive Plan Update and its appendices are available for public review below. Additionally, all final documentation is available in the Office of the Town Clerk and the Poughkeepsie Public Library Boardman Road Branch. 

Spackenkill Road (NY Route 113) Sidewalk Feasibility Study

In November 2023, the Spackenkill Road Sidewalk Feasibility Study was completed. This study assesses the feasibility of installing sidewalks along Spackenkill Road (NYS Route 113) from Croft Road to just west of Cedar Avenue (CR 74) in the Town of Poughkeepsie. This study was managed by Dutchess County Transportation Council (DCTC) with the Town serving as a key stakeholder. The Spackenkill Road Sidewalk Feasibility Study is available for public review below.

Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) & Open Space Plan

On April 12, 2023, the Town Board adopted a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) and Open Space Plan. The NRI identifies key environmental and open space resources within the Town. The Open Space Plan identifies priorities for protection and create a foundation for future implementation of conservation projects.

Poughkeepsie 9.44.55. Rethinking the Arterials & Interchange Study

In March 2022, the Poughkeepsie 9.44.55 Study was completed. The Town participated as a key stakeholder in this study. The study identifies feasible design alternatives to the Route 9/44/55 Interchange and Route 44/55 Arterials that maximizes safety, livability, and connectivity, while delivering acceptable traffic operations.

Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative

In March 2021, the Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative was completed. The Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative expanded upon the recommendations in Dutchess County’s 2017 Arlington Town Center Pedestrian Plan for the Town of Poughkeepsie. The earlier plan identified potential improvements to Main Street (also known as County Route 114) that would enhance its walkability, help calm traffic, and improve its appearance. With this new follow-up effort, our intention was to create a detailed, conceptual design for Main Street from Grand to Taft Ave. This initiative also identified the issues, costs, and actions necessary to make the corridor a Complete Street – a facility that promotes safe, comfortable, and convenient travel for people of all ages and abilities, regardless of how they travel. The project better positions the Town and County to pursue federal and state funding for implementation.

Past Planning Studies

Poughkeepsie Town Plan (2007) (PDF)

Town of Poughkeepsie Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (1999) (PDF)

Significant Habitats in the Town of Poughkeepsie (Hudsonia Ltd., 2008) (PDF)

Blandings Turtle Habitats in Southern Dutchess County (Hudsonia, Ltd., 2009) (PDF)