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.
If you are interested in fair and affordable housing and want to be notified of available or upcoming offerings of affordable homes or rental apartments, the county highlights opportunities on the Homeseeker Web page.
What's New at the Department of Planning?
A community open house is scheduled for March 11 at the County Center in White Plains to get the word out to municipal officials and residents of coastal Westchester communities that updated FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps are now available, and to discuss their implications for development and flood insurance.
A Fair and Affordable Housing Expo will be held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Saturday, March 14
The Urban Land Institute of Westchester and Fairfield presented the ABC’s of Affordable Housing at a January morning information session held in White Plains. Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Planning Norma Drummond participated on the panel
The Historic Hudson River Towns organization was awarded grants totaling $250,000 through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application for the Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum project.
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