The Department of Planning consists of a team of professionals dedicated to promoting orderly development that protects and improves the quality of life and physical environment of Westchester County. The department works with a wide array of citizen boards to carry out its work.
We hope you will explore our varied projects and resources. The subjects range from protecting water quality and natural habitat to advancing housing opportunities, promoting smart growth and reviewing development proposals. We also provide extensive census and research data and information on local zoning codes.
What's new at the Department of Planning?
Department staff is participating in a workgroup that is assembling recommendations for studies and projects for the “Southern Westchester East West Corridor” – the area between the three major downtowns in south Westchester – Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.
A ribbon cutting was held for a single-family vintage Queen Anne Victorian house in the historic downtown of the City of Peekskill. This property was renovated under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Work is wrapping up on the effort to map all current municipal zoning districts. This project is part of the department’s efforts to update crucial GIS databases and to precisely align zoning boundaries with tax parcel boundaries and road centerlines.
What should Westchester look like in 2025? As we face issues that are changing and evolving – from flooding to traffic to housing to climate change – we are required to rethink how we make decisions, big and small.
Westchester 2025 aims to provide a solid foundation for constructive conversation about maintaining our quality of life and how to work together on shared goals. Learn more
Housing provides funding to assist in the development of new fair and affordable housing as well as the rehabilitation of existing housing stock. We also provide affordable housing and rental assistance to homeowners and tenants who are income eligible.
The county, working in concert with each municipality, addresses its local housing needs, as well as its share of regional affordable housing deficits. Learn more
It also reviews referrals from local municipalities for the county Planning Board and recommends best planning practices that work to promote economic growth and protect the environment. Learn more
Watershed protection is a major concern so the county oversees a variety of programs to protect county water quality. These reservoirs provide drinking water for residents of Westchester, NYC and Connecticut while others rely on wells. Learn more