We recommend the following resources about land use and planning for communities in the Hudson Valley.


Information Resources for Municipalities

CLC assists those serving in local government in accessing information about natural resources, through its online clearinghouse of resources, by developing new resources, and offering training.

Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory

As a special initiative, CLC partnered with the Columbia County Environmental Management Council on the development of a county-wide inventory of natural resources (Natural Resources Inventory, or “NRI”).  Authored by scientists with Hudsonia, Ltd, the Columbia County Natural Resources Inventory summarizes existing data and analyzes the physical, biological, and cultural aspects of the Columbia County landscape.  It identifies features and areas that warrant attention in land use decision-making.  Residents, landowners, and the public agencies involved in land-use planning and environmental reviews will find it a helpful reference.

The NRI 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. Funding for printing and design was provided by Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Click here to view the document.

Online Maps

Columbia County Planning Department Geospatial Viewer

Interactive Online Hudson Valley Natural Resource Mapper – zoom in on your community or any area you’re curious about and view maps of natural resources like water, forests, wetlands, wildlife, and more.  The mapper was created by the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Planning

Habitat & Natural Areas

Farmland

Recreational Trails

Water Resources

Assistance in Columbia County

Regional Organizations & Plans