The Ulster County Planning Department is responsible for managing the County’s Comprehensive Plan Document. The department has accomplished this task through the adoption of individual Housing, Transportation, and Open Space Plans. The Ulster County Greenway Compact, currently in progress, will be a unifying document to connect each of these individual planning efforts.
Per General Municipal Law and the Ulster County Compact, the Ulster County Planning Board (UCPB) and its staff is the responsible for reviewing municipal county plans, law amendments, site plans and special permits, and area and use variances as it relates to having a countywide impact. The UCPB offers constructive criticism and technical advice to help communities achieve their long term planning goals as its response to these referred actions. The Department offers a Land Use Referral Guide and maintains a local land use library to aide communities in the referral process .