Planning Agency & GML 239 Referrals

Upcoming Planning Agency Meeting: April  9AM

Location: Washington County Municipal Center Bldg. B Floor 2blue spacerscroll down to view & download this months referralsblue spacer

Washington County Planning Agency

Washington County Board of Supervisors' Resolution 98 of 2017 established the Washington County Planning Agency. The Planning Agency replaced the Washington County Planning Board which is responsible for the review of certain local planning and zoning actions pursuant to General Municipal Law Section §239-M.

With the establishment of the Washington County Planning Agency under Resolution 98, the Washington County Board of Supervisors did not authorize the Planning Agency review of subdivisions, GML§239-N.

Under GML §239-m-3(c) The county planning agency may enter into an agreement with the referring body or other duly authorized body of a city, town or village to provide that certain proposed actions as defined by General Municipal Law Section §239-M  are of local, rather than inter-community or county-wide concern, and are not subject to referral under this sectionThese 'exemptions' renew every 3 to 4 years. The renewal of the 2020 exemption agreements shall remain in effect until July 1, 2024 or until such time as it may be amended by one or both parties.

Upcoming Referrals

View Past Planning Agency meetings on You Tube
Washington County Agenda Center Planning Agency Notices & Minutes
 GML §239 Municipal Referrals for Planning Agency Review April 9am


Referrals from February 28, 2023
GML §239-m  Municipal Referrals Reviewed 3/29/2023
Village of Fort Edward - 1 Eddy Street [Tax ID#163.17-4-41.1] Memo
Town of Hartford - 7190 NYS Route 40 [Tax ID# 149.-1-39.4]
Town of Jackson - Town-wide Solar Law
APA Notice: P2011-0157B

Planning Agency Members
The Washington County Planning Agency members are: 

General Municipal Law Referrals GML §239
Section 239 of New York State General Municipal Law (GML) requires the referral of certain local planning actions to the County Planning Agency for the examination of possible inter-municipal impacts. In Washington County this referral process is managed by the Washington County Planning Agency.

GML 239 M

Planning & Zoning GML §239 Referrals
Click Here to download information regarding the GML §239 referral process.                If you have questions regarding the referral process please feel free to contact the Washington County Planning Department for clarification.    

Link to GML §239 Procedural Guidance
Link to GML §239 Forms & Guides
Link to Washington County Agenda and Minutes [scroll to Planning Agency]
Link to DOS LGt County Referral Training Presentation    Video M
If you have questions regarding the referral process please feel free to contact the Washington County Planning Office for clarification.