Rockland Municipal Planning Federation

What is the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation?

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation was officially created on March 30, 1989 at the First Annual Dinner meeting.  This culminated the efforts of several municipal leaders, along with the County Planning Department, to establish an organization that could help to disseminate information related to planning, zoning, and land use that is common to all.  As part of its creation, a Constitution and By-Laws were written, which guide its operation.

The Federation is comprised of Town or Village Board Members, Planning Board Members, and Zoning Board of Appeals Members from each municipality in Rockland County; the Rockland County Planning Board; and the Rockland County Department of Planning.  Municipal members include any member of the staff of a town and/or village designated by the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, or legislative body of the town, or village.  In addition, any individual interested in the purposes of the Federation may become Associate Members.  The Board of Directors, comprised of five officers, four director positions, and two associate director members, are elected at the Annual Dinner.

What is the Purpose of the Federation?

  • The Federation maintains a forum in Rockland for the discussion of topics and common problems of land use planning and regulation, zoning, and related problems of interest to the Federation and its members
  • It creates an organization to provide the exchange of information, education, and training on planning and zoning methods and techniques
  • It promotes communication, cooperation, and understanding among various constituencies affected by the land use and planning decisions of local governments

The Rockland Municipal Planning Federation is comprised of:

Certification Program

The Program began in the fall of 1993 to provide educational opportunities to planning and zoning board of appeals members. Each board of appeals member is required to attend each course once to become certified.

Educational and Training Opportunities

These opportunities are provided to promote the exchange of information, education, and training on planning and zoning methods and techniques.  The Federation has been providing many training opportunities since its inception in 1989, on topics related to planning, zoning, and land use.

Federation Government

Federation Government was created to provide organization and structure. The Federation is comprised of a Board of Directors, which includes a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, four Directors, and two Associate Directors. The Federation has formed standing committees which can be served by either the General or Associate Members.

Municipal Members

Members are comprised of 23 municipalities: five towns and eighteen villages. All are members of the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation. The municipalities usually have established set days to hold their meetings, and can be seen using the Municipal Meeting Dates Chart. Also provided is a contact list for each municipality, as well as a map of the Towns and Villages