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.
Can I access funding for a municipal project?
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!

Essex County 239M Referral Process

Essex County Referral 239M 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 Resource and 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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Essex County Septic System Replacement Program

Essex County Septic System Replacement Program

Essex County Septic System Replacement Program Documents

Grant Claim Forms (Awarded Applicants)