Welcome!  We are pleased that you have visited this website administered by the Town of Washington Comprehensive Plan Committee.  We hope that all Town of Washington residents will participate in the planning process.  The future of our community is at stake so please let your voice be heard!

We envision the Town of Washington will remain a rural community with great scenic beauty, a healthy, natural environment, and a high quality of life for its residents.
We envision protecting our Town by ensuring that our working farms, beautiful historical landscapes, water resources, and natural habitat for our plants and animals are preserved for the future.

We believe in managing our fiscal house responsibly. We believe in maintaining a vibrant and diverse local business community located in the Village Center, and we want to maintain our historical character because of its importance in preserving the look and feel of our community.

The committee is comprised of the following people:

Committee Members:

  • Robert Audia – Town Board Liason
  • Joshua E. Mackey – Chairman
  • Jeremy (Jerry) Baker – Member
  • Jesse Bontecou – Member
  • Maureen King – Member
  • Tim Marshall – Member
  • Karen Mosca – Member
  • David Strayer – Member

As the Committee begins its review process of the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1987 and amended in 1989 the Town Board believes that they will determine:

  • If any items in the existing Plan need clarification
  • If the goals are still those of the community
  • If the Plan should set new goals
  • If there are areas in the existing Plan that need to be implemented
  • If there are items of concern that the community feels strongly about that need to be added or removed

We invite all residents to keep informed and become involved as we move forward with the review of the Comprehensive Plan. Our goal is to have up to date information on this website. All meetings of the Committee will be open and announced to the public. The Committee meetings will be conducted as workshop meetings where public participation and comment may at times be limited but ultimately permitted pursuant to the agenda. Residents will be able to provide input by participating in community round table discussions, public hearings and now this website. Public meetings will also be announced. All property owners and residents will have the opportunity to be involved in the process through a community survey. The Town Board expects that the Committee will be reaching out to our residents that may have specific areas of expertise or interest to participate in sub-groups targeted to review matters of particular concern.

The Committee will be using all appropriate resources available to them. These resources may include but are not limited to Community input, Dutchess County Planning and Development, Cary Insitute of Ecosytems Studies, Pace Land Use Center and/or professional planners and volunteers.

At the end stages, the Committee will compile a draft Comprehensive Plan, which will be based upon the input of the community at large. The document will be accompanied by objective justification for all recommendations. The draft will be reviewed by the Town Board and with their approval will be presented to the community. The community will be able to comment on the proposed document at Public Hearings and on this website.

Following the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan The Town’s Zoning Code will be reviewed to ensure conformity with the Comprehensive Plan.  Any revisions or redrafting of the Zoning Code shall be made in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan.

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