Planning

The Greene County Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Planning serves to advance the sound, orderly and sustainable economic and physical development of the County in order to increase prosperity and improve the quality of life for all Greene County residents. 

The department provides guidance and assistance to the County Legislature and implements projects and programs designed to improve the economy, protect the environment, and develop the physical infrastructure of the County.

As a multi-disciplinary agency, the department delivers Economic Development Services through the Legislature’s appointed local development corporation, the Greene County Economic Development Corporation (GCEDC); Tourism Services through the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County; and provides Planning Services through Greene Government. The department also partners with the Legislature’s appointed industrial development agency, the Greene County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

To foster economic development and municipal planning, the department cooperates with economic development agencies; municipalities, chambers of commerce, and foundations, working to improve agriculture, housing, public transportation, infrastructure and the natural environment.

Infrastructure Projects:

Broadband & Cellular Communications

With all three phases of the NYS Broadband awards completed, NYS residents can now locate local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and find broadband availability by address. ISPs serving Greene County have received over $20MM in funding to now make high-speed Internet available to an additional 19K structures in Greene County an increase of 61% coverage out of a total of 31K structures county-wide. To find out whether your address is located in one of the Census Blocks that received funding, Greene County has published a map that depicts the areas where the local ISP’s were awarded state funds. Questions regarding broadband availability can now be directed to the local ISP’s as listed for that address on the NYS Broadband Map.

View Greene County Awarded Funds Map

View NYS ISP Coverage Map

Priority Development Sites:

Exit 21 Catskill

Two Shovel-Ready Sites for Hospitality/Destination development adjacent to NYS Thruway Exit 21 in Catskill, NY

View the Exit 21 Catskill East (QI) Site

View the Exit 21 Catskill West Site

Hudson River Skywalk

The Hudson River Skywalk connecting Olana (built by Fredrick Church) to the Thomas Cole Historic Site across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge is expected to enhance the local tourism industry by attracting new visitors to both Greene and Columbia Counties.

Visit the Skywalk Website

Read the Full Economic Impact Study

Water and Sewer Study:

The Greene County Infrastructure Inventory and Development Project helps to identify the focus parcels within each town in the county. 134 properties meet the project criteria. Find out what towns have the capacity to add onto their current systems and if the parcels in each town are within a reasonable distance to make the connection happen. The attached Study form 2016 breaks this down town by town.

Municipal Map Book of Focus Parcels

Public Transportation:

Transportation Advisory Board

Members:

  • Greene County Transit
  • Greene County Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Planning
  • The Arc Ulster – Greene NYSAC, Inc. (Third Party Public/Private Partnership)
  • Greene County Human Services (Youth and Aging)
  • Greene County Department of Social Services
  • Greene County Public Health
  • Greene County Mental Health
  • Greene County Veteran Affairs
  • Community Action of Greene County, Inc. (Representing Community Service)
  • Columbia Greene Community College (Representing Education/Students)
  • Greene County Chamber of Commerce (Representing Business/Commuters)
  • Coxsackie Transport, Inc. (Representing Private Transportation)

Greene County Transit

The Greene County Transit (GCT) system offers safe, affordable, reliable public transportation services throughout Greene County. GCT, which is operated by The Arc of Ulster-Greene, is the most comprehensive public transportation system the county has seen. The GCT team provides daily service, Monday through Friday, to Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, Greenville, Palenville, as well as weekly service to the areas of Hunter/Tannersville and Windham.

Greene County Transit

Greene County Coordinated Transportation Plan

The Federal Transportation Administration Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act mandates that projects for specific Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs be included in a locally developed, public transit-human services transportation plan. The purpose of this coordinated plan is to identify ways to improve transportation services in Greene County and access to surrounding counties for person with disabilities, older adults and individuals with lower incomes.

Greene County Coordinated Transportation Plan

Regional Planning Support:

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

Land Use Reviews (239)

The Department’s legal obligation to conduct reviews and render advisory opinions on land-use proposals covered under NYS General Municipal Law 239(l). County Planning Board …

Municipal Referral Forms

Planning and Zoning Seminars

Host 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. 

View Training Presentations

Grant Assistance

The 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

Demographic and Related Data & Research

Provide demographic data products such as census figures, as well as other data including performance indicators.

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.

Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board

Contact Info
Economic Development, Tourism & Planning
411 Main Street, Catskill NY, 12414
t. (518) 719-3290
f. (518) 719-3789
Warren Hart
Warren Hart
Director, Deputy County Administrator