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The central purpose and function of the Department of Planning is to create and implement plans, policies, and programs that work together to achieve the community’s vision for the City of White Plains today and in the future—a sustainable City with a diverse population, a robust economy, a healthy environment, and interesting and livable neighborhoods that are easily accessible to all. 

The Department supports and advises the Mayor, the Common Council, and other City Boards, Committees, and Departments on a wide range of issues related to development and preservation. Each year, the Department reviews more than 70 land use applications for zoning amendments, site plan approvals, special permit approvals, subdivision approvals, and disposition of City property. The Planning Department also directs comprehensive, consensus-based planning, zoning, and economic development initiatives that apply both city-wide and to individual neighborhoods. Its support of other City agencies includes technical assistance such as map preparation and demographic and economic research as well as the identification of funding opportunities and the application for grants from government and private sources.

The Planning Department also administers federally assisted Community Development activities, and provides staff support to the White Plains Urban Renewal Agency.

In addition, the Department provides a broad range of services to city residents, property owners, business owners, not for profit and community service organizations, and developers. It provides advice on the use of real property. This includes reviewing development proposals for compliance with legal requirements as well as coordinating the environmental review process. Among the areas in which the department is most active are: 
  • Community development
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Demographics
  • Economic and Fiscal Studies
  • Environmental review
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Grants development and administration
  • Historic preservation
  • Housing
  • Long range planning
  • Mapping
  • Natural resource protection
  • Neighborhood planning
  • Recreation and open space planning
  • Site plan and subdivision review
  • Strategic planning
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation and parking 
  • Urban design
  • Visual assessment
  • Zoning analysis
  • Zoning amendments

Christopher Gomez, AICP

Linda Puoplo, LMSW

Deputy Commissioner

70 Church Street
White Plains, NY 10601

Ph: 914-422-1300
Fax: 914-422-1301

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