Planning & Development

The Planning and Development Department is tasked with processing referrals from the local municipalities for review by the County Planning Board, which meets monthly in the Yates County Legislative Chambers on the fourth Thursday at 7pm. The Board reviews referrals for their potential County-wide impact and forwards those determinations to the local board for final decisions.

​The Department provides planning and zoning consultation to the local towns and villages on an as needed basis, reviews and updates the County Comprehensive Plan, develops the County Capitol Improvement Plan and undertakes projects that are deemed to provide a positive impact for the community as a whole and are consistent with the policies adopted under the County Comprehensive Plan.

​In 2018 Yates County has implemented new grant programs -- a new EFC Septic Grant and the Yates County Natural & Recreational Resources Grant. Information on these grants and reference materials can be found in the links below.

Helpful Documents

Solar Information

County Grant Fund Information:

UPDATE: Due to Round 1 Funding commitments, all further applications will be placed on a wait list. If further funding becomes available those on the wait list will be notified. This does not exempt those cited for septic violations from performing work required by a Notice of Violation. There are several new grant programs offered by Yates County with links to the applications below. The EFC Septic Grant is for residential and small commercial septic systems within 250 feet of Canandaigua, Keuka and Seneca Lakes that are in need of repair or replacement after being inspected by the authority having jurisdiction (Watershed Inspector, KWIK, Code Enforcement, etc.) Qualifying expenses after March 1, 2018 may be reimbursed at 50% up to $10,000.00. Contact the Planning Offices for further details to see if you qualify. 

The Yates County Natural & Recreational Resources Grant Application Deadline for the 2020 Round is February 14, 2020 at 4pm.

Natural and Recreational Resources Grant Application - 2020 (Fillable PDF)

Natural and Recreational Resources Grant Policy Information (PDF)

Yates County: "Looking Ahead" Guide (PDF)

Yates County Comprehensive Plan- Issues, Goals and Policies Matrix (PDF)

Yates County Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation (PDF)