Planning

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The Planning Department is a branch of County Administration charged with the research, analysis, project management and program development.

Board of Supervisors Committees
The Planning Department is the liaison to the Planning and Environmental Quality Committee of the Board of Supervisors.

Boards and Councils
The Planning Department provides staff support to the following agencies (Click for additional information):
Ontario County Agricultural Enhancement Board
Ontario County Planning Board

Interdepartmental Functions
CIP: The Planning Department is responsible for the annual update of the County’s Capital Improvement Plan, a tool used for managing the physical infrastructure assets of the County such as roads, bridges, county sewer districts, county buildings, Finger Lakes Community College, and major equipment and systems such as the County’s 9-1-1 system, Emergency Radio Communication System, Computer network infrastructure, and major software systems.
Environmental Review: The Planning Department is responsible for coordinating environmental review for county projects and operations under all applicable state and federal law, such as the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Technical Support

Planning Department staff provides technical support for municipalities in regard to planning and zoning matters, such as comprehensive plans, production of zoning maps, review of development proposals, and drafting of zoning and subdivision local laws. These technical services are provided on a first come/first serve basis free of charge for the first 40 hours per year.

Geographic Information Systems
The Planning Department maintains GIS to assist County department projects and local municipality needs.