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.
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For More Information Contact:
Alison Lovely - Secretary
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.