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 in Progress

Town Comprehensive Plan Update

The Town is currently updating its 2007 Comprehensive Plan (PDF) . For more information regarding the comprehensive plan review and update, please visit the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (CPRC) page.

Natural Resource Inventory (NRI) & Open Space Plan Page

The Town of Poughkeepsie has initiated the development of a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) and Open Space Plan. The NRI will identify key environmental and open space resources within the Town. The Open Space Plan will identify priorities for protection and create a foundation for future implementation of conservation projects. For more information about the NRI and Open Space Plan, please visit the project website.

Arlington Main Street Redesign Initiative Page

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.

9.44.55. Rethinking the Arterials & Interchange Page

The Town has been participating as a key stakeholder in this study. The purpose of this study is to identify feasible design alternatives to the Route 9/44/55 Interchange and Route 44/55 Arterials, based on an informed and public process, that maximize safety, livability, and connectivity, while delivering acceptable traffic operations.

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)