With the adoption, in May of 2021, of the new Comprehensive Plan, the Town is now in the process of updating the zoning map and Comprehensive Zoning Law. For more information about the project and the process, including upcoming events, please visit the Zoning Update webpage for more information.
The Planning and Zoning Department is available to residents and businesses to offer them assistance or direct them to the proper resources they need regarding any residential or commercial planning or zoning related issues.
View and download Planning and Zoning Department application forms, documents, and related materials:
- Application Forms
- 2021 Comprehensive Plan and Appendices
- Comprehensive Zoning Law
- Subdivision Regulations (Unofficial Version Searchable Subdivision Regulations)
- Western East Greenbush Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS)
- Prior planning documents and studies
On May 19, 2021, the Town Board passed resolution 136 of 2021 adopting the 2021 Comprehensive Plan. The final adopted 2021 Plan documents are available below. For more information about the planning process and to view other related documents and materials, please visit the Comprehensive Plan Update webpage
Natural Resources Inventory
Visit the Natural Resources Inventory webpage to view the final report, maps, and access related resources.
Stormwater Information and Resources
Residents, project sponsors, and contractors can visit the Town's Stormwater homepage for more information about the Town's stormwater management program.
Land Development Applications Under Review
Project documents and other information relating to applications for land development projects which are under review can be viewed on the Land Development Applications page.
Residents, project sponsors, and stakeholders can visit the Town's Complete Streets homepage for more information about the Town's Complete Streets program.
COVID-19 Update: Town Hall is open to the public as of April 5, 2021. We still encourage those submitting applications or dropping off materials to use the gray drop box in front of Town Hall, mail, or email. If you are using the gray drop box or mail, please mark your sealed envelope with “Attn: Planning and Zoning Dept.” Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Adam Yagelski - Director of Planning and Zoning
Anna Feltham - Planner
Alison Lovely - Secretary to Planning and Zoning
East Greenbush Town Hall
225 Columbia Turnpike
Rensselaer, NY 12144
tel. (518) 694-4011
fax (518) 477-2386
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Zoning of my property?
This information can be found by obtaining your Tax Map number from the Assessor’s Office and then contacting us to determine that.
What are the permitted uses for my property?
This information can be obtained by looking in the Town's Comprehensive Zoning Law and looking up the Section in which your property is zoned as.
What are the setbacks for my property?
Once you know what your property is zoning as, this information can be found on that appropriate page in the Town's Comprehensive Zoning Law
How long do Planning Board and Zoning Board applications take to process?
The Planning Board process can take anywhere from 45-60 days or longer depending on the size of your proposal. The Zoning Board process for minor Area Variances takes between 45-60 days; it is usually longer for a Use Variance or Special Use Permit.
I received a certified letter in the mail about a neighbor’s property. What does it mean?
All applications through the Zoning Board of Appeals of Planning Board (for major subdivisions - 4 or more lots) require the surrounding properties within 200 feet to be notified of their proposed action. You can write a letter or email (no verbal comments are accepted over the phone) or you can come to the scheduled public hearing to ask any questions you may have regarding the application. The notice you have received give details about the applicant's request and allows surrounding property owners an opportunity to comment for or against the application at or prior to the Public Hearing. You can call the Planning/Zoning Office at 694-4011 to inquire.