Michael Mascarenas, Director
|7533 Court Street, PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, New York 12932
Fax: (518) 873-3751
The Department of Community Resources was established in 2010 to better serve the residents of Essex County by combining the offices of Planning, Youth Bureau, Stop DWI, and Traffic Safety. By combining these offices the County is able to utilize staff to better manage the grants of the towns and county. Primary responsibilities of this office are:
Contact us: the Essex County Office of Community Resources is here to help. Please contact us at the above phone number or e-mail with any questions you may have concerning any grant program or potential project in your community. Our extensive network of funding agencies will help to assist you in meeting yur project goals.
Planning, a Sub-Division of the Community Resource Department
7533 Court Street, P.O. Box 217
If you are inquiring about a town land use class, building permit or zoning regulation, please visit the specific TOWN code enforcement officer.
Our mission is to provide tools and services required to implement community development goals for Essex County municipalities. Technical assistance is provided by researching, writing, and administering grants for upgrades, implementation, and expansion of community facilities, such as water and wastewater, parks and recreation areas, and habitat restoration. Assistance also includes issues of historic preservation, housing rehabilitation, Smart Growth implementation, energy efficiency, zoning, and comprehensive planning.
American Planning Association’s What is Planning? website.
Essex County Fairgrounds – the marketing and rental of the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport.
General staff activities – office staff serve as the county representatives for several local and regional organizations, including:
Environmental permitting & review – office staff evaluate proposed projects, determine what permits may be needed, and submit permit applications as required. The staff conducts environmental assessments of proposed projects for grant applications, and to fulfill grant program requirements in accordance with New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rules and regulations. There is an NRCS/USDA soil survey of Essex County available for public viewing; digital copies may be requested.
General Municipal Law 239M, N Review – under NYS General Municipal Law Section 239, municipal planning actions specified by these sections are subject to review by the Essex County Planning Board, which has been designated as the County Planning & Economic Development Committee. All Essex County municipalities entered into an agreement stating that only the following proposed actions shall be subject to referral by the towns to the County:
All other proposed actions under consideration by the town shall be deemed to be of a local nature and therefore exempt from referral to the County, despite provisions of General Municipal Law 239M and/or 239N.
Essex County Fairgrounds
Westport, New York
Essex County Planning, a division of Essex County Office of Community Resources
Attn: Vanessa Cross
7533 Court St., PO Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Phone (518) 873-3630, Fax (518) 873-3751
(Please fill out the first page and mail it to: Lynn Donaldson, Essex County Office of Community Resources, 7533 Court St., PO Box 217, Elizabethtown, NY 12932 \ Phone (518) 873-3687, Fax (518) 873-3751)