Anna Reynolds, Director


7514 Court Street, PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, New York 12932
Fax: (518) 873-3751
The Office of Community Resources assists the local Municipalities plan, prioritize, develop, fund and manage capital and community development projects. By providing a comprehensive planning & administration approach, we help address and fund the critical infrastructure projects that shape the growth, sustainability & resiliency of the communities.

Our core competencies are municipal & financial planning, public funding acquisition, financial & public funding administration, project and management within the areas of water and sewer treatment works, public utilities, public environmental protection & improvement, public recreation, and historic preservation, as possible.

Meet the Staff Can I access funding for a municipal project?
Jessica DesLauriers, Grants Administrator

Caroline Hillyard, Administrative Assistant

Robert Wick, Project Management Specialist

Hannah Neilly, Project Coordinator

Do I have a defined project; either supported in a plan or engineering report?

Are you a municipality or non-profit? Or do you have a partnership with either?

Are you prepared to upfront grant funds?

Do you have the funding available for any match requirement?

If Yes, you are ready to apply!



(meets the 2nd Monday of each month)

Chairman: Tyler 
Vice-Chair: Holzer
Supervisor: Merrihew
Supervisor: Harrington
Supervisor: Winemiller
Supervisor: DeZalia
Supervisor: Rand
Supervisor: Hughes
Supervisor: Monty

* includes:
1. IDA
2. Community Resources
3. R.O.O.S.T.
4. Publicity
5. Historian
6. Cooperative Extension

Planning, a Sub-Division of the Community Resource Department

7514 Court Street, P.O. Box 217
Elizabethtown, New York 12932
Fax: (518) 873-3751

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.

What we do: Rack Card (PUB), Rack Card (PDF)

Essex County General Reference Map

General staff activities – office staff serve as the county representatives for several local and regional organizations, including:

  • Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York (CWICNY)
  • St. Armand Strategic Planning Team
  • Minerva Local Waterfront Planning Committee
  • Essex Co. Water Quality Coordinating Committee (WQCC)
  • Farmland Protection Planning
  • Local Government Technical Training Opportunities
  • Willsboro Local Waterfront Planning Committee
  • NY Citizens Advisory Committee – Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Town Sewer/Water Infrastructure Committees (multiple)
  • Keene Community Trails Planning

Essex County Referral Process

Essex County Referral Process

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. The below actions only need a referral if the proposed project is 500′ of a municipal boundary, Agricultural District Land, or County and State roads, lands and facilities.

  • adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance or local law
  • issuance of a special use permit affecting property
  • approval of site plans affecting property
  • granting of use or area variances affecting property

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.

Referral Process Forms

Referral of Zoning Actions Informational Guide (PDF)

NYS DOS County Referral PowerPoint (PDF)

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) Explained

239M Referral Form (PDF)

Environmental Assessment Form Part 1 (PDF)

Agricultural Data Statement Form (PDF)

Official Notice of Action (PDF)

Essex County General Reference Map

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