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Do you love walking and biking on local trails like the Heritage Trail?  Are you interested in participating in shaping ...
06/11/2020

Do you love walking and biking on local trails like the Heritage Trail? Are you interested in participating in shaping what the next generation of greenway trails will look like around our state? Go to www.GreenwaysPlan.org and take a quick survey to create a vision for the NYS Greenways Plan which will be a guide for trail development for all ages and abilities across New York State!

Did you know that highway funding is allocated by how much traffic a road handles?  Roads in higher-density areas with h...
04/29/2020

Did you know that highway funding is allocated by how much traffic a road handles? Roads in higher-density areas with higher populations and more vehicles receive a higher share of federal and state road funding than areas that don’t receive as much traffic. Fill out your Census today at 2020census.gov to keep your roads in good repair!

Do you want a healthy economy?  Businesses of all types choose their locations based on the population of an area and it...
04/28/2020

Do you want a healthy economy? Businesses of all types choose their locations based on the population of an area and its characteristics. The more people in an area that can support a business, the likelier it is that the business will open and thrive, even in uncertain times. Fill out your Census at 2020census.gov to grow your local economy!

Census counts save lives!  In times of disaster, emergency responders rely on a full and accurate population count, for ...
04/27/2020

Census counts save lives! In times of disaster, emergency responders rely on a full and accurate population count, for evacuations in case of flood or fire, for emergency shelters to house tornado or hurricane victims, and for moving equipment and personnel where they need to be in case of a deadly outbreak or terrorist attack. Please help your emergency personnel prepare for the next ten years—fill out your Census at 2020census.gov!

HeatSmart Orange is state-supported community campaign that makes it easier for you to increase your home or business’ e...
04/27/2020

HeatSmart Orange is state-supported community campaign that makes it easier for you to increase your home or business’ energy efficiency and lower your energy bills by weatherizing and installing clean heating and cooling technologies.
These technologies include air-source heat pumps and geothermal, which transfer heat in and out of buildings to provide heating and cooling in one system. They're not unlike air conditioners that can run in�reverse and provide you heat from the air or ground—even when it's below zero outside!
Learn more: https://www.heatsmartny.com/orangecounty
Sign up at: https://energizeny.formstack.com/forms/orange_newslettter_signup

Earlier this week we showed you what the Census wants to know.  What does the Census *not* ask? The Census will never as...
04/24/2020
Avoiding Fraud and Scams

Earlier this week we showed you what the Census wants to know. What does the Census *not* ask? The Census will never ask you for your Social Security number, your banking information, or your credit card. The Census will never ask you for money or political donations, not in any form. The Census will not ask you about your political beliefs or for your opinion on policy issues. If someone comes to your home and asks these questions, please call both your local police non-emergency line and the Census Bureau hotline at (844) 330-2020 to report your concerns. Stay safe as you fill out your Census! https://2020census.gov/en/avoiding-fraud.html

The Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.

Worried about your personal information getting out?  No need!  The Census Bureau protects your information for 72 years...
04/23/2020

Worried about your personal information getting out? No need! The Census Bureau protects your information for 72 years—the average lifetime of an American adult, back when the law was passed—and not even the FBI can get it before that time is up. Fill out your Census at 2020census.gov—it’s safe and easy!

Did you know that the Census is required by the Constitution? Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United Sta...
04/22/2020

Did you know that the Census is required by the Constitution? Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States requires that a Census should be taken every ten years in order to determine the number of representatives for each state. Fun fact: Thomas Jefferson oversaw the first U.S. Census in 1790! So please visit 2020census.gov today to fill out your Census: it’s the law of the land.

As of Sunday, April 19, the County’s response rate was 47.3%!  Curious about how your community is doing? Fill out your ...
04/21/2020
Response Rates

As of Sunday, April 19, the County’s response rate was 47.3%! Curious about how your community is doing? Fill out your own Census at 2020census.gov, and then check out the map at https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

How many people in your community have already responded to the 2020 Census? Keep track with this map of response rates.

Improved energy efficiency is within reach, Orange County! Using oil, propane, or electric resistance to heat and cool y...
04/20/2020

Improved energy efficiency is within reach, Orange County! Using oil, propane, or electric resistance to heat and cool your home or business? There are better, more efficient options - clean heating and cooling technologies, like heat pumps, are making it possible for homes and businesses to stay comfortable year-round, save energy, and reduce their carbon footprint.
Check us out at: https://www.heatsmartny.com/orangecounty
Sign up at: https://energizeny.formstack.com/forms/orange_newslettter_signup

The Census asks only a few questions, and takes very little time to complete.  Here’s a sample of the questions that you...
04/20/2020

The Census asks only a few questions, and takes very little time to complete. Here’s a sample of the questions that you can fill out online at https://2020census.gov/.

The Census is available in 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Yiddish, and others. If...
04/17/2020

The Census is available in 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Yiddish, and others. If you need to take the Census in a language other than English, please visit https://2020census.gov/ to request a paper form in your language of choice, to fill out your Census over the phone in the language of your choice with the assistance of a trained enumerator, or simply to use your page translator to fill it out online.

Who’s most at risk of not being counted? Children ages 0-4!  Not counting this age group affects school planning and fun...
04/16/2020

Who’s most at risk of not being counted? Children ages 0-4! Not counting this age group affects school planning and funding for the next ten years. Fill out your Census online at https://2020census.gov/ so that you can count all members of your household! Photo: Shutterstock

What’s at stake if you don’t fill out the Census? Money!  Over $675 billion in federal funding has been distributed ever...
04/15/2020

What’s at stake if you don’t fill out the Census? Money! Over $675 billion in federal funding has been distributed every year since 2011 based on the 2010 Census population, through transportation and other programs. Make sure your community gets its piece of the pie—fill out your Census at https://2020census.gov/!

With the kids home from college due to the coronavirus, should you count them on your form? Answer, surprisingly: No! Co...
04/14/2020

With the kids home from college due to the coronavirus, should you count them on your form? Answer, surprisingly: No! College students should be counted at their college address. For more information and how your college student can get their proper form, visit https://2020census.gov/. Photo: Mount Saint Mary College, msmc.edu

Representation at every level of government is determined by the Census population for that area.  Make sure your voice ...
04/13/2020

Representation at every level of government is determined by the Census population for that area. Make sure your voice is heard in Washington, Albany, Goshen, and even your Town or City Hall—fill out your Census today at https://2020census.gov/!

So it’s 2020, and we’re on the brink of the Census! If you run a nonprofit organization working with vulnerable populati...
02/13/2020
Planning | Orange County, NY

So it’s 2020, and we’re on the brink of the Census! If you run a nonprofit organization working with vulnerable populations like children under 5, the elderly, or new Americans, the County would like to partner with you to get people counted!
Please visit www.orangecountygov.com/planning to learn about the grants available without delay!

The Orange County Department of Planning is engaged in issues of land use planning, transportation, public transit, education, trends research, resource management, agriculture, open space, grants and economic issues that affect the County.

05/06/2019

Thanks everyone for your interest in the Comprehensive Plan! The Legislature adopted the Comprehensive Plan and the Transportation Chapter on Thursday May 2nd. We’ll have the adopted plan up on the website as soon as we can get it done this week.

03/19/2019

Good afternoon everyone! We hope to see people out at the second part of the public hearing tomorrow night, 5:00 pm at the Legislative Chambers in the Orange County Government Center, 255 Main Street in Goshen.

02/20/2019

Good afternoon! Hope everyone is staying safe and warm on this snowy day! Due to the weather, the public hearing for the Comprehensive Plan scheduled for today has been postponed. It will now take place March 20th, 5-7 pm in the Legislative Chambers at the Orange County Government Center, 255 Main Street in Goshen.
The public hearing scheduled for next Wednesday, the 27th from 3-5 pm at SUNY Orange-Newburgh Campus should continue as planned. Hope the weather is in our favor and we’ll see you next week!

01/23/2019

Good morning everyone! The Orange County Comprehensive Plan draft goes before the Legislature’s Rules, Enactments and Intergovernmental Relations committee this afternoon. If all goes well, we will proceed to public hearing! We’ll be sure to keep everyone posted, and thank you for your continued interest in the future of Orange County!

12/26/2018

Good morning everyone! Just a quick reminder that comments on the Draft Comprehensive Plan and Draft Transportation Chapter are due to the Planning Department by close of business January 2nd, one week from today. Please let us know what you think! Send those comments in to [email protected], or to 124 Main Street, Goshen NY 10924. Thanks for your concern for the future of Orange County!

12/13/2018

Hi everyone, we appreciate people coming out for the public hearing on Tuesday! Just as a reminder, the Planning Board is accepting written public comments until close of business, January 2nd, 2019. Please submit comments to [email protected]. Thanks, and have a great day!

12/04/2018

Thank you for following us! The Orange County Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on the Draft Orange County Comprehensive Plan this coming Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Orange County Emergency Services Center, 22 Wells Farm Road in Goshen. Hope to see you there!

Welcome to the new project page and public input forum for Orange County's New Comprehensive Plan!  Follow, like and sha...
05/22/2018
Orange County Comprehensive Plan

Welcome to the new project page and public input forum for Orange County's New Comprehensive Plan! Follow, like and share to stay up-to-date on the Planning Department's efforts in creating a new Core Document and Transportation Element. We look forward to hearing your new comments and providing updates along the way!

To see where we're at in the process and see what other people have commented so far visit our previous project page at www.courbanize.com/orangecounty-ny.

A new countywide Comprehensive Plan to help preserve our past, honor our present, and plan for our future.

Orange County Comprehensive Plan's cover photo
05/21/2018

Orange County Comprehensive Plan's cover photo

Orange County Comprehensive Plan
05/21/2018

Orange County Comprehensive Plan

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124 Main Street
Goshen, NY
10924

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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 04:30
Friday 08:30 - 04:30

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(845) 615-3840

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What We’re Working On

We've been busy working hard to incorporate all of the comments and suggestions we’ve received so far. Here's what's in the works and what you can expect to see in the very near future:


  • We're creating a new guiding document that will act as the Core of the Comprehensive Plan. This section will be a compact updated version of our previous Plan that will include all new graphics and maps. It will be an accessible and useful overview of the primary trends, assets and challenges of the County. It will also define the goals and strategies for how land might best be used, developed or preserved and how financial, technical and infrastructure resources might be effectively provided.

  • Our previous plan did not provide a focus on Transportation. We're about to change that. Based on the comments and suggestions from our previous outreach website, the future of the Transportation network in the County is an important topic. We're working an all new comprehensive Transportation Section to address how we can adapt our current and future network to accommodate a changing County landscape and environment.
  • Stay tuned for more updates and draft documents in the near future.