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Planning and Development


The Planning and Development Department is broadly charged with preparing plans, programs and recommendations to assist the Legislature in formulating policy on land use and development, economic development, natural resources and environment and county government operations.

Under land use and development, the department assists the County Planning Board in its mandatory review of local zoning actions, averaging fifty per year; prepares agricultural district reports for the County Legislature and County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Board; provides community planning assistance to local boards and the County Economic Development Agency; maintains census data, maps and other information for public use; and maintains a computerized Geographic Information System. The department works closely with the Legislature office, assisting county government operations in several ways including: coordination of the three year capital improvement plan, grant writing and administration, managing household hazardous waste collection events, and special projects as directed by the Legislature. The department fulfills requests for tourism information and actively promotes sport fishing.  The Director serves as manager of the Orleans County Marine Park, a public boating and picnic facility on the Oak Orchard River


James R. Bensley AICP, Director

14016 Route 31 West
Albion, New York 14411
Phone: (585) 589-3189
Fax: (585) 589-8105
E-Mail: james.bensley@orleanscountyny.gov

Sarah Gatti, Planner
14016 Route 31 West
Albion, New York 14411
Phone: (585) 589-3187
Fax: (585) 589-8105
E-Mail: sarah.gatti@orleanscountyny.gov

Michael Waterhouse, Sportfishing Coordinator (PT)
14016 Route 31 West
Albion, New York 14411
Phone: (585) 589-3103
Fax: (585) 589-8105
E-Mail: mike.waterhouse@orleanscountyny.gov


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Maps

GIS is an information system that combines digital map layers with a database to capture, analyze, and model geographic features. 

The Planning and Development Department maintains a broad collection of mapped geographic information such as updated street data and wetlands as well as a multi-year collection of orthoimagery covering the County in its entirety. In addition to serving the County and its town/villages, the Department aids other County offices in their mapping needs. 


Orleans County Data Search
NYS GIS Mapper
NYSDOT Traffic Viewer
NYSDEC Environmental Mapper
FEMA Flood Map Service Center
Historic 1954 Map of Orleans County

County Planning Board

The Orleans County Planning Board (CPB) meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in Conference Room C at  the  Orleans County Administration Building , 14016 Route 31, Albion, NY 14411.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
CPB 2015 Calendar
September 2015 Minutes
October Meeting
Searchable Referral Database (2011-2014)
Searchable Referral Database (1984-1999)

The Department maintains a comprehensive record of CPB minutes that are available upon request. 


We are located in the County Administration Building at 14016 Route 31 in Albion, NY 14411.