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Welcome to the Tompkins County Planning Department

The Tompkins County Planning Department provides planning and related services to County government and local municipalities. The Department is charged by the County Charter with preparing a comprehensive plan for the development of the county; collecting and distributing data and information on the County's population, land use, housing, environment, and community facilities; preparing planning studies and analyses; and acting as a resource for county agencies and communities seeking funding from sources other than County government. The Department's focus is on implementing the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan and its priority action plan.




Planning Department News

Tompkins County Releases Preliminary Proposals to Redevelop Old Library Site

Responses to Tompkins County’s Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to redevelop the site of the Old County Library are now available here.


Tompkins County has released a  RFP  to hire a consultant to develop the Energy Roadmap. Deadline for submission is 4 PM (EST) Monday, April 21, 2014

Get answers to your questions about the Climate Showcase Communities" neighborhood proposed for County property on Harris B. Dates Drive. FAQ  posted November 6, 2013

New web resource available in support of Tompkins County's EPA Climate Showcase Communities Grant.  Visit the Welcome Home website,, to learn about local neighborhoods that are now serving as models of sustainable development. Through thoughtful housing and neighborhood design, these developments are demonstrating how American communities can become green, healthy, comfortable, and sustainable, while still remaining affordable.
posted May 13, 2013

Tompkins County Planning Dept comments to NYSDEC regarding revised draft regulations for High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for development of Marcellus Shale
posted January 11, 2013