CLC offers a number of services to municipalities and local advisory boards:

  • Assistance with comprehensive plans, farmland and open space protection plans
  • Reviewing codes and local ordinances related to planning and conservation
  • Support to planning boards regarding conservation development and site design
  • Assistance with consultant Requests-for-Proposals (RFP’s)

To request CLC’s assistance with community planning services, please contact Christine Vanderlan at or 518.392.5252, ext. 208.

Assistance to Conservation Advisory Councils

CLC hosts Roundtable meetings for Conservation Advisory Councils (CACs), which advise municipal officials on topics related to conservation, site design, and land use planning. The Roundtables offer a relaxed forum for members of CACs to share information and strategies.

Upcoming CAC Roundtables are listed in our Calendar.

Natural Resources Inventory

As a special initiative, CLC is playing a coordinating role in the development of a county-wide inventory of natural resources (Natural Resources Inventory, or “NRI”).  CLC is the convener of a team of organizations – Columbia County’s Environmental Management Council, Hudsonia Ltd, the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties  that are collaborating to create the first Columbia County NRI.  This project will gather and summarize existing data and analyze physical, biological, and cultural aspects of the Columbia County landscape.  It will also identify features and areas that warrant attention in land use decision-making.  The resulting document will be a reference for residents, landowners, and the public agencies involved in land-use planning and environmental reviews throughout the county. This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

You can read more about the NRI here.

Public Trail & Open Space Development

CLC is a partner to communities pursuing public open space and trail projects throughout Columbia County. Our services include assistance with planning, grant proposals and grant management, mapping, public presentations, and outreach to enlist support from local, county, and state government.

CLC convenes the Columbia County Trails Task Force.

The purpose of the Trails Task Force is to:

  • Provide a unified vision for a comprehensive county-wide recreational trail system;
  • Promote the trail system and its many benefits;
  • Advocate for and expand on the existing extensive trail development and management capacity; and
  • Coordinate and connect the efforts of the many groups within the county and region that support trails.

Contact Christine Vanderlan with questions.

North Bay Recreation & Natural Area

CLC is working with the City of Hudson and Columbia County on the redevelopment of the North Bay landfill in Hudson as a recreation and natural area. This project will link the Greenport Public Conservation Area  and the City of Hudson.

Land Use Training Series

CLC sponsors at least two training workshops annually for municipal boards, which qualify for the annual board training requirement. We work with a diverse range of partners including the Columbia and Greene County Departments of Economic Development and Tourism and Planning; the Columbia County Planning Board; the County Environmental Management Council; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; the Hudson River Estuary Program; Hudsonia LTD; New York Rural Water Association; and many others. If your board is seeking training on a topic and not finding it offered, do not hesitate to contact us.

Our upcoming training workshops are listed in our Calendar.

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