Planning and Community Development
Seneca County Office Building,
1 DiPronio Drive,
Waterloo, NY 13165
Phone: (315) 539-1730
Fax: (315) 539-1926

Hours of Operation:
8:30 am - 5 pm

Planning & Community Development
 Bill Bordeau
 Phone: 315-539-1724
 Fax: 315-539-1926

Planning and Community Development


Peter Brown, Deputy Director
Harriet A. Haynes, Planner
Jill P. Henry, Grant Management Specialist
Mary DeStefano, Staff Resources Asst.

Welcome to Seneca County’s Planning and Community Development Department website.  The Department promotes the sound and orderly economic and physical growth of Seneca County and its constituent municipalities. It is responsible for comprehensive countywide planning, economic development coordination, tourism promotion, community development program implementation, review of local land use referrals, and environmental reviews. Additionally, the Department is responsible for administering the overall development of the Finger Lakes Regional Airport, providing planning and grant writing assistance to local governments, and managing the Agricultural District Program.

The Department also provides staff assistance to the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and is involved in a number of IDA economic development initiatives. Examples include administration of the NYS Empire Zone Program in Seneca County, redevelopment of the former Seneca Army Depot, and assisting business and industry with the site location and development process.

Seneca County Comprehensive Planning

The Seneca County Comprehensive Plan was last updated in the late 1970s. The Seneca County Department of Planning and Community Development has been in the process of updating this Plan in a "notebook" format. As each individual plan was adopted, it was ready to become a "chapter" within the overall Seneca County Comprehensive Plan. Final Drafts of the remaining "chapters" have been completed and it is anticipated that the Full Comprehensive Plan will be adopted in the Spring of 2014.

Plan/Chapter Link to Plan Adopted Notes
Introduction Seneca County Comprehensive Plan Introduction    
Overview Seneca County Comprehensive Plan Overview    
Housing Seneca County Housing Plan 11 Jan 2011 Housing Data
Agriculture Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan - Adopted 27 Dec 2011 Environmental Assessment Form
Environment Seneca County Environmental Conservation Plan    
Economic Development Seneca County Economic Development Plan    

EAF 2014 Comprehensive Plan

Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Plan

Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Environmental Assessment Form

Finger Lakes Regional Airport

Further Information on the Finger Lakes Regional Airport can be found here

The 2014 Airport Improvement Project involves the fee-simple acquisition of 16.3 acres of land adjacent to Finger Lakes Regional Airport and located within the Town of Seneca Falls for the expansion of the Airport's existing stormwater management system and terminal area. Terminal area projects include the construction of a terminal access road, a 10,000 sq. ft. t-hangar, an 8,000 square foot conventional/corporate hangar, and apron modifications. The action will also involve the acquisition of an easement over approximately 27 acres of land within Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) to Runway 1, and within the Towns of Fayette and Seneca Falls, to protect navigable airspace in accordance with FAA requirements.

2014 Airport Improvement Project EAF Part 1
2014 Airport Improvement Project EAF Part 2
2014 Airport Improvement Project EAF Part 3

Click here for DRAFT PROPOSED - Finger Lakes Regional Airport DBE Plan for 10/13 to 09/15

Click here for Seneca County Industrial Development

Grant Writing and Grant Management

Grant writing, consultations, research, and management services are available to Seneca County Departments, municipalities, and local governments.  Services may also be to local Seneca County non-profits, as time and workload permits.

In general, grants to individuals, for profit companies, and grants to help new homeowners repair or refurbish their homes are very rare, restrictive, or require the individual to perform all work to the grantor’s satisfaction before reimbursement.

Click here for more information about Grant


The Board meets the 1st Wednesday of the month when there are matters they need to discuss or action needs to be taken. Contact Seneca County/Cornell Cooperative Extension (315)539-9251 for further information.

Maps of Seneca County

Seneca County Maps may be obtained through the Department of Planning and Community Development. Please contact our department at:

Seneca County Dept. of Planning and Community Development
One DiPronio Drive
Waterloo, NY 13165
(315) 539-1730

Census Information

The most recent Federal Census was done in 2000, and census data for Seneca County is available at The Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, a New York State Data Center Affiliate.

Federal Flood Plain Maps

Federal Flood Plain Maps may be viewed here.

Zoning Referrals

Under General Municipal Law (GML) Section 239, whenever a village or town located in Seneca County grants an application for:

  • Use Variance
  • Area Variance
  • Subdivision Review
  • Special/Conditional Use Permit or
  • Site Plan Review

the Seneca County Planning Board must review and make recommendations on the application if any portion of the property in question is:

  • within 500’ of a State or County road
  • within 500’ of a State or County facility
  • within 500’ of a municipal boundary or
  • within 500’ of a New York State Agricultural District.

The dates of the Seneca County Planning Board meetings, and dates when items must be received to be placed on the agenda are as follows:


Meeting Dates Agenda Items
Due by Noon
Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
11/10/2011 11/02/2011    
12/08/2011 12/01/2011    
01/12/2012 01/04/2012   01/12/2012
02/09/2012 02/01/2012 02/09/2012 02/09/2012
03/08/2012 02/29/2012 03/08/2012 03/08/2012
04/12/2012 04/04/2012 04/12/2012 04/12/2012
05/10/2012 05/02/2012 05/10/2012 05/10/2012
06/14/2012 06/06/2012 06/14/2012 06/14/2012
07/12/2012 07/04/2012 07/12/2012 07/12/2012


Meeting Dates Agenda Items
Due by Noon
Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
08/09/2012 08/01/2012 08/09/2012 08/09/2012
09/13/2012 09/05/2012 09/13/2012 09/13/2012
10/11/2012 10/03/2012 10/11/2012 10/11/2012
11/08/2012 10/31/2012 11/08/2012 11/08/2012
12/13/2012 12/05/2012 12/13/2012 12/13/2012
01/10/2013 01/02/2013 01/10/2013 01/10/2013
02/14/2013 02/06/2013 02/14/2013 02/14/2013
03/14/2013 03/06/2013 03/14/2013 03/14/2013
04/11/2013 04/03/2013 04/11/2013 04/11/2013
05/09/2013 05/01/2013 05/09/2013 05/09/2013
06/13/2013 06/05/2013 06/13/2013 06/13/2013
07/11/2013 07/03/2013 07/11/2013 07/11/2013


Meeting Dates Agenda Items
Due by Noon
Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
08/08/2013 07/31/2013 08/08/2013 08/08/2013
09/12/2013 09/04/2013 09/12/2013 09/12/2013
10/10/2013 10/02/2013 cancelled cancelled
11/14/2013 11/06/2013 11/14/2013 11/14/2013
12/12/2013 12/04/2013 12/12/2013 cancelled
01/09/2014 01/02/2014 01/09/2014 01/09/2014
02/13/2014 02/05/2014 02/13/2014 02/13/2014
03/13/2014 03/05/2014 03/13/2014 03/13/2014
04/10/2014 04/02/2014 04/10/2014 04/10/2014
05/08/2014 04/30/2014 05/08/2014 05/08/2014
06/12/2014 06/04/2014 06/12/2014 06/12/2014
07/10/2014 07/02/2014 07/10/2014 07/10/2014


Meeting Dates Agenda Items
Due by Noon
Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
08/14/2014 08/06/2014 08/14/2014 08/14/2014
09/11/2014 09/03/2014 09/11/2014 09/11/2014
10/09/2014 10/01/2014 10/09/2014 10/09/2014
11/13/2014 11/05/2014 11/13/2014  
12/11/2014 12/03/2014    
01/08/2015 12/31/2015    
02/12/2015 02/04/2015    
03/12/2015 03/12/2015    
04/09/2015 04/01/2015    
05/14/2015 05/06/2015    
06/11/2015 06/03/2015    
07/09/2015 07/01/2015    
08/13/2015 08/05/2015    


Additional Documents for Planning Board Meetings


The Seneca County Planning Board meetings are at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Seneca County Office Building located at One DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY.