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Town Board Schedules Comp Plan Workshop Meeting

The Town Board has scheduled a workshop meeting to discuss the Comprehensive Plan on Monday April 21st at 7:00 PM, at the Town of Washington Town Hall. The meeting will afford the Town Board an opportunity to review and discuss the plan prior to scheduling a public hearing.  The public is welcome to attend, however public comments will be strictly limited.

April 1st, 2014

Final Comprehensive Plan

The final comprehensive plan has been posted on the Comp Plan website:

Click Here to view on the Comp Plan website

Click Here to view on the Town website

New York State Housing Affordability Report

March 22nd, 2014

8/13/12 @ 7:00 PM Town Board Comp Plan Workshop Scheduled

Please be advised that the Town Board of the Town of Washington will be holding a special meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012, 7:00 PM at the Town of Washington Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Drive, Millbrook.  The purpose of the meeting is for the Town Board to hold a workshop meeting to review the proposed Comprehensive Plan, discuss editorial changes, and the preparation necessary for moving forward with the presentation of a Local Law and the subsequent Public Hearing.

Please be further advised that this will be a working session of the Town Board and is not a Public Hearing. 

By the Order of the Town Board

Dated:  August 6, 2012

Mary Alex, Town Clerk

August 6th, 2012

Comp Plan Committee Releases their Final Draft

The Comprehensive Plan Committee has released their “final draft comprehensive plan” which is posted on the Minutes & Updates page.

July 12th, 2012

Comprehensive Plan – February Meetings

Feb 5
Firehouse 9a-1p  Vision Statement Workshop/Public Input

Vision Statements Review
Next Steps

Next Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting:  2/7 Town Hall 6p-8p

January 19th, 2011

Vision Statements Due January 29th

The Comprehensive Plan Committee looks forward to hearing from the community regarding the Vision Statement for the Comprehensive Plan.  There is a community input meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, beginning at 9:00 AM at the Millbrook Fire House.  We look forward to your attendance and input at this meeting.

If you are interested in having your vision statement considered by the public, please submit this statement to by January 29th.  Please advise if you wish your name to remain anonymous or not when yoou submit your state.  You may use the same email address when contacting anyone on the committee regarding the Comprehensive Plan.

January 18th, 2011


The Town of Washington Town Board has the following meeting schedules:

Monday, September 27th, 7:00 PM, Town of Washington Town Hall - The Town Board will be holding a workshop meeting with River Street Planning and committee Chairs to discuss the next phase of the Comprehensive Plan. 

Wednesday, September 29th, 7:30 PM at the Millbrook Fire House – Continued Public Hearing on the proposed legislation (Local law # 2 of 2010) to add Wetlands and Watercourse Protection to the Town Zoning Code.

Mondays, October 4, 18 and 25, Town of Washington Town Hall – The Town is holding workshop meetings as they prepare the 2011 Budget.

September 21st, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Notes

On May 22nd, the Comprehensive Plan Committee hosted an information gathering meeting at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center.  A synopsis of the comments are available at the Town website on the Master Plan page.  Residents are always welcome to submit comments regarding the Comprehensive Plan by sending an email to or at the news link below “Town Seeks Comments”.

June 29th, 2010

Comprehensive Plan

On May 22nd, the Town of Washington held another public input session to provide the Master Plan Revision Committee insights and suggestions for what residents envision for the future of their town. Over 100 people attended this interesting, informative meeting and the Planning Committee gained valuable information to assist them in putting together a draft of the Comprehensive Plan.

Both the Chairman Thomas Beaumont and the Co-Chairman Donald Hanson expressed their gratitude to those who attended and encouraged more people to attend future sessions. “Sessions such as these, help us formulate plans to help maintain a Town of Washington we all can enjoy,” said Hanson. “We want to hear from as many residents as possible.”

June 10th, 2010

Comprehensive Plan DRAFT Vision Statement – Call for Comments

Author : Howard Schuman Comment:
It is inappropriate at this time to be asking for comments about your draft visioning statement, which was supposed to be the original topic of the May 22 public meeting but was never discussed in open forum. Regarding the content and wording, you are for all practical purposes asking the general public to operate in a vacuum, without any explanation by yourselves as to what you believe the statement implies.

Are you suggesting by your language in the comment form that if people do not respond to it in one of the several ways that you suggested, that it signals their tacit acceptance of your draft visioning statement and there will be no “revisions to the statement as appropriate” and that there will be no future, widely advertised, public meetings, similar to the May 22 meeting in order to discuss it?

The vision statement should reflect the general consensus of the community at large. Housing issues and increased business and commercial development as well as creation of additional hamlets have placed at the bottom of community priorities. The final vision statement should reflect that.

Regarding the May 22 meeting, the term “diversity of housing” had been added to the previously published list of goals without prior notice being given to the public. This along with the Comprehensive Plan Committee’s failure to define what they mean by the term makes it a difficult item for people to comment on effectively.

Furthermore, there is a difference between what a community envisions for itself and a list of items that may be looked at at some point as part of the comprehensive plan process. It is clear that diversity of housing is not a widely held community vision. While it may be something that is looked at in some point as part of the overall process it does not belong in the vision statement. It should be removed.

Howard Schuman

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