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Apply to Serve on the Tompkins County Planning Advisory Board

Friday, February 24, 2017

 Tompkins County is seeking applicants for several vacancies on the Tompkins County Planning Advisory Board

Three of the seats currently open are for individuals with expertise in Education, Natural Environment, and Energy. Created by the County Legislature in January 2017, the Energy seat is intended to add expertise in this field, which is becoming increasingly important as the County moves toward a renewable energy future.

There is also a vacancy in an At-Large seat. At-Large seats are intended to be filled by individuals who can offer expertise or diversity not provided by current board members. Currently filled seats on the PAB include individuals with expertise in: Economic Development, Housing, Business, Transportation, Facilities/Infrastructure, Historical/Cultural Resources, Local Planning (urban), Local Planning (non-urban), Agriculture, Human Services, Built Environmental Design, and Land Preservation/Public Land Management.

The purpose of the Planning Advisory Board is to provide the Tompkins County Legislature and the Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability with advice and counsel on comprehensive land-use planning and matters related to regional, County, and municipal planning.

The Planning Advisory Board typically meets eight to ten times per year at 9 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Individuals interested in applying for a seat on the Planning Advisory Board must fill out an application and submit it to the Clerk of the Tompkins County Legislature. Applications will be reviewed by the Planning Advisory Board with appointment by the County Legislature.

Applications can be found at and should be submitted by March 17th.