Department of Planning

Welcome to the Rockland County Department of Planning. You can access online information about land use, the county comprehensive plan, geographic information system (GIS) products and mapping, demographics, transportation planning, and the six-year capital improvement program. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.

What does the County Planning Department do?

Professional "Planning" is done to ensure that neighborhoods of today grow and develop in a reasonable, viable and livable manner for the future. Planning is looking ahead - preventing suburban sprawl and preserving open space for future generations. Planning is also looking back - learning from mistakes of the past for the benefit of today and tomorrow. Efficient planning involves looking at communities from a broad perspective to determine the best overall benefit for its people.

Rockland Planners encourage sustainable development among municipalities; that is, development that looks at the big picture, incorporating land-use and transportation planning measures together with the needs of the community. By definition, sustainability is, "an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by the people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations."

What are the goals of the Rockland County Planning Department?

It is the Rockland County Planning Department's goal and responsibility to appropriately guide municipal planning decisions using the guidelines set forth by the NYS General Municipal Law, the Official County Map, and the County's Comprehensive Plan.

The Department provides guidance through the combination of dedicated professionals and cutting-edge technology to assist the County in maintaining a livable, sustainable, suburban community.

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