Planning Services

Regional Plan Development

The Planning Department oversees and often administers the development of a variety of regional planning efforts. This service may include the partnering with other municipalities for a government funding request and the subsequent administration and coordination of the project. Recent examples include:

Planning and Zoning Trainings

The Planning Department hosts training sessions in land use and zoning issues for local appointed and elected officials. Recent topics included: open meetings law and FOIL, adopting zoning for the first time, understanding SEQR, and a mock site plan review exercise. Past and upcoming trainings can be found here.

Grant Assistance

The Planning Department provides assistance to other county departments, municipalities and various community organizations in grant writing and grant administration for projects such as infrastructure improvements, housing activities, and economic and community development projects. Check out our "Community Improvement Grants" page to learn more about available grants for your community. 

Demographic and Related Data & Research

The Planning Department provides demographic data products such as census figures, as well as other data including business and construction figures, to the Broome County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), the public and the private sector. The department can also research more specific areas or topics.

Agricultural District Reviews

Mandated under Article 25AA of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law. The intent of the law is to preserve, protect and encourage the development and improvement of agricultural land for the production of food and other agricultural products within designated districts in each county. Broome County has three such districts. Reviews are conducted to measure the effectiveness of the District with respect to its compliance with the intent of the law and to modify its boundaries as necessary.

Environmental Reviews

The Planning Department provides assistance regarding the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) to other departments in the county in conjunction with the Broome County Environmental Management Council. Along with conducting federal environmental reviews linked to specific projects or grants. 

Check out the NYSDEC's page on SEQR for related resources and forms. 

If you are new to filling out Environmental Assessment Forms (EAF) or using the EAF Mapper or have questions about how to use them, NYSDEC recommends that you begin with the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) Workbooks

More Resources

SEQR Handbook

New EAF Webinar

SEQR Forms