Office of Planning & Economic Development

Duties
The Saratoga Springs Office of Planning & Economic Development provides technical assistance on development applications made to the city's Land Use Boards (the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Design Review Commission). The Planning Department staff is available to assist applicants with the development review process and to provide the general public with information about zoning issues, as well as the status and schedule of applications being reviewed.

Additionally, various capital and infrastructure projects within the City are managed by the department.

The Community Development Department also falls under the umbrella of the Office of Planning & Economic Development.
  1. Planning Board
  2. Design Review Commission
  3. Zoning Board of Appeals

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month (calendar) (PDF)
  • City Hall
    474 Broadway
    City Council Chambers
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and MinutesView Agendas and Minutes 2012 and Older

Click HERE to view recent Planning Board decisions



Applications


Available here.

About the Board


The Saratoga Springs Planning Board is a 7 member citizen board appointed by the Mayor to 7-year staggered terms. The City Council gives the Planning Board the following independent authorities to review development activities within city boundaries:
  1. Floodplain Variances: property owners that need relief from Federal and State regulations governing development in an area subject to periodic flooding may apply to the Planning Board for relief.
  2. Site Plan Review: the Planning Board has jurisdiction over the development of most new multi-family, commercial, institutional and industrial projects. Site plan review covers such items as parking, landscaping, lighting, drainage, etc.
  3. Soil Erosion and Sediment Control: the disturbance or clearing of land more than 1/2 acre in most parts of the City requires a permit from the Planning Board.
  4. Special Use Permits: the Planning Board has approval to allow certain types of land uses to be established within existing zoning districts provided special standards and conditions are met.
  5. Subdivision Review: the creation of any new lot within the  city requires an approval from the Planning Board.
The Planning Board also provides advisory services to the City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Design Review Commission on various development activity.

Important Documents

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