Office of Planning & Economic Development

Until Further Notice
The Counter is Closed to the Public

The health and safety of our employees and the public are our first priority, and we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  In consideration of the guidance document released  from Empire State Development on Executive Order 202.6 (and 8) and recent updates on the status of COVID-19 in our area, the Planning Department has imposed the following limitations on our service until further notice.

Our staff in the Planning Department is working remotely and available by phone and email during business hours, although offices remain closed to the public.

  • Intake of new applications is suspended.
  • For active Land Use Board applications, staff is reviewing them and working remotely, and is available by phone and email during business hours. 
  • City Land Use Boards meetings are paused until further notice.  We are evaluating holding these meetings virtually and will notify the public when the schedule resumes.
  • The Community Development Office is working remotely and available by phone and email during business hours. 
  • The Administrator of Parks, Open Space, Historic Preservation & Sustainability is working remotely and available by phone and email during business hours. 

  1. Planning Board
  2. Design Review Commission
  3. Zoning Board of Appeals

Regular Meetings

  • 6 p.m.
  • 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month (calendar)
  • 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.
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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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