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?
The Westchester Urban County Consortium’s FY 2014 Action Plan is available for a 30-day review and to accept public comments. A public meeting to hear comments in person will be held at 5 p.m., February 13 in Room 420 of the Michaelian Office Building.
At its January meeting the Stormwater Advisory Board recommended the completion of the Peekskill-Haverstraw Bay Reconnaissance Plan, the fourth plan to be prepared under the County Stormwater Management Law.
In late 2010, a total of 12 properties in Westchester were acquired under federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program. All but one of these units located in the cities of Peekskill, Mount Vernon and Yonkers have been completed and sold.
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