What Do We Do?

The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development supports
the intelligent and responsible allocation of resources, the promotion of sound growth, the
protection and enhancement of the environment and the assurance of a high quality of
life for all Chautauqua County residents.

The Department of Planning and Economic Development has a broad range of responsibilities. These include the following:

•    Providing land use development and environmental planning assistance to public and private entities, including 239 referrals and review for zoning variance requests;

•    Gathering, compiling, analyzing and disseminating information;

•    Facilitating, assisting and guiding planning efforts among county departments and with outside entities;

•    Grant administration and oversight;

•    Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping administration, requests and assistance;

•    Oversight and development of the County's Comprehensive Plan (Chautauqua 20/20: A County that Works);

•    Oversight and development of the Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Plan;

•    Oversight of the New York State Agricultural District Reviews;

•    Coordinating and Assisting with Planning Projects (i.e. – Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area Management Plan);

•    Trail Development Planning, including snowmobile trails, equestrian trails Development, and a county greenway plan;

•    Coordination of the Chautauqua Lake and Chadwick Bay Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans.