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The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee has completed a revised Draft Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Stanford.  This Draft Plan is the result of many years of effort by several different committees, beginning in 2010. Over that period, Stanford residents have commented on the Draft Plan through written comments, and at public informational meetings and public hearings. The current Draft Plan reflects the revisions made in response to those public comments.

The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee now passes the Draft Plan to the Town Board for their review and consideration.  As part of their review process, the Town Board will hold another public hearing on the Plan.

You can view the revised Draft Comprehensive Plan here: Stanford Comp Plan Book
You can review the letter from Dept. of Planning and Development of Dutchess County issued on July 21, 2023 here: County Letter on Comprehensive Plan

“If you plan to print the document, download the print version at this link: (link to the print version).  The print version is formatted for two-sided printing. ” Download here

Revisions that have been made to the Draft Plan are listed here:

Revisions to the Stanford Draft Comprehensive Plan made between June 28, 2021 and September 30, 2021

This list includes revisions resulting from written comments submitted during the public comment period, oral comments offered at the June 28 Public Hearing, and responses to the informal review of the Draft Plan by the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development.


  • Page 14, Objective 2.1: Deleted: “to prevent the loss of agriculturally significant soils”.           Objective now reads: “Encourage new development to be located outside of ecologically sensitive areas.”


  • Page 18: Changed last sentence to: “For example, where the data indicate the resident population is aging and the number of young people is declining, the Plan notes a potential need to diversify the housing stock to accommodate the changing needs of older residents and attract young families.”
  • Page 26, under Recreation, last sentence: “Other facilities include the … Stissing Mountain Multiple Use Area, the new Dot and Irv Burdick Park, Bangall Memorial Park, and the Buttercup Farm…”
  • Page 27: Edited footnote to “2014-2018” American Community Survey
  • Page 27: Revised text: “According to 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimate data, after a decade of growth from 2000 to 2010,

Stanford’s resident population decreased almost 2 percent since 2010.”

  • Page 27: Revised text: “This pattern is consistent with the rate of growth in Dutchess County’s population between 2000 and 2010 (6.2 percent, from 280,150 to 297,488) followed by an estimated 1.2 percent population decline since 2010.”
  • Page 28, second paragraph: “Since 2000, population changes in Stanford did not occur proportionally across all age groups.”
  • Page 29: Revised text: “The population of Stanford is aging at a faster rate than Dutchess County, where the median age increased from 36.4 in 2000 to 40.2 in 2010, and approximately 42.0 years in 2014-2018 ACS 5-Year Estimate data.”
  • Global throughout the Demographics section:
    • Replaced “2018” with “2014-2018 estimate”; replaced “2018 ACS 5-Year

Estimate” with “2014-2018 ACS 5-Year Estimate”; referenced the ACS 5-Year Estimates throughout

  • For tables, replaced 2018 with 2014-2018 estimate and included footnotes referencing the MOE in ACS 5-year estimates
    • Reviewed MOE for all tables to confirm the MOE for each row is less than the value
  • Figures 2-4 and 2-5, and Tables 2-1 and 2-3: Changed demographics data to be percentages rather than numbers
  • Page 45, first column, second line: Revised fifteen to “Thirteen properties…”
  • Table 2-7 on page 45 and Table 4-1 on page 78; Revised to Stanfordville Station (instead of Converted Storage Building) at 5 Old Depot Way (instead of Lane)
  • Revised address of Wheeler-Collin Farm address to Church Lane
  • Figure 2-12 – Added Bangall Memorial Park and Dot and Irv Burdick Park.

CHAPTERS 3, 4, 5 AND 6

  • At beginning of each chapter: Eliminated the tables of “General Recommendations and Rationale/Goal”


  • Page 67/122: Deleted “high density” from the first bullet. Recommendation will now read: “Focus new residential growth within the Stanfordville hamlet, and where appropriate within the Bangall Hamlet.”
  • Page 67, sixth bullet: Replaced: “Include greater flexibility in defining ‘rental’ units, including Bed and Breakfasts and Lodging and Rooming Houses;” with: “Include greater flexibility in defining Bed and Breakfasts, Lodging and Rooming Houses;”
  • Page 68, second column after sentence that ends with “corridor.”: Added new sentence: “As density increases, groundwater should be monitored to identify degradation of water quality.”
  • Page 69, First column: Added last sentence: “Extending the current Rural enter (RC) zone northward along the east side of Route 82 to the intersection of Millis Lane would allow more opportunities for businesses that have larger space requirements, including a nursery.”
  • Page 69, Stanfordville and Bangall Hamlets, Comprehensive Plan Recommendations: Add fourth bullet: Extend the northern boundary of the Rural Center (RC) zoning district along the east side of Route 82 to the intersection of Route 82 and Millis Lane.
  • Page 70: Updated recommendations in four bullets to include “battery storage facilities”


  • Page 76, column 2, last sentence: “….Stanford Wildlife Preserve, ADD Bangall Memorial Park and the new Dot and Irv Burdick Park; and ….”
  • Page 78, paragraph lower left side of page :
    • Line 2 – Changed “Historic” to “Historical”
    • Line 4 – Changed “establishes” to “established”
    • Line 6/7 – Deleted “and markers” after “sites and cemeteries.”
  • Page 82: “The Comprehensive Plan recommends the following actions for implementation by the Town with the assistance of the Town Historian and the Stanford Historical Society.”
  • Page 82/page 124, bullet 6: “Establish a Historic Advisory Commission that would work with the Town Historian and Stanford Historical Society…the Historic (delete “al”) Advisory Commission could include ..”
  • Page 83, second column, and p. 84, second-to-last recommendation: Removed “sharrows or”


  • Page 107: Deleted second paragraph: “Without tools to protect ridgelines….”
  • Page 107: Made third paragraph: “By creating guidelines that define ridgeline protection…” that is currently enlarged text – regular sized text.
  • Page 107 and p. 127: Revised all Comprehensive Plan Recommendations regarding ridgeline protection as follows:

Consider establishing a definition of “ridgeline” and protection standards and guidelines, and incorporating them in the Town’s Zoning Code;

Consider identifying and mapping the Town’s significant ridgelines;

Consider establishing siting guidelines to locate buildings and other structures below the ridgeline. Guidelines might include locating structures to prevent rooflines from extending above the existing tree line;

Consider undertaking a siting analysis to identify locations for cell towers, antennae, and wind turbines, and identifying potential locations; and

Consider specifying design criteria to minimize the impact of these types of uses on the visual environment.

  • Page 111: replaced “174,000 acres” with “197,000 acres”
  • Page 111: Replaced DCSWCD with Dutchess County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB)
  • Page 111: Replaced “require” with “provides an option for” the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to resolve disputes
  • Page 112: Replaced “According to the 2017 Dutchess County Agricultural Navigator, Dutchess County was ranked…” with “According to the ‘State of Agriculture in Dutchess County’ released by Dutchess County in 2017, Dutchess County was ranked…”
  • Page 113: Replaced third sub-bullet under the plan recommendation to review the zoning code with: “Ensure that local laws are consistent with NY State Agriculture and Markets Law (section 305-b), which requires an agricultural data statement for any application for a special use permit, site plan, use variance, or subdivision that occurs on property within an agricultural district or within 500 feet of a farm operation located in an agricultural district.”
  • Page 113: Added as the third bullet: “Collaborate with the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development to assess the “farm-friendliness” of current regulations.”
  • Page 113/128: Deleted second sub-bullet: “Require Planning Board review of applications for nonagricultural development located within areas designated as having Prime Agricultural Soils and/or Soils of Statewide Significance.”


  • Page 117, second column: Revised text: “This Comprehensive Plan recognizes that the Town’s goals to focus future commercial development in the hamlets of Stanfordville and Bangall and to create a vibrant, walkable town center may be constrained by the lack of infrastructure. As the hamlets grow, the Town should carefully monitor the groundwater quality and revisit water supply options. The Water Supply Protection Plan, the entire text of which is included in the Appendix, recommended measures the Town could implement to protect its groundwater resources. Among those recommendations were…”
  • Page 119, 4th line from the bottom: Added text in italics “was relatively good, but if residential or commercial density were to increase, water quality would need to be reexamined. The plan identified several potential contaminants”


  • Updated Recommended Actions, to correspond with edits above


  • Appendix Tables 1, 2 and 3: Replaced the 2018 column heading with”2014- 2018” and add footnote to each table: ** 2014-2018 data are based on ACS 5-Year survey data.
  • Deleted footnote: “2018 data are estimates…” from each table.

Comprehensive Review Plan Meeting by Zoom on Thursdays night, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 853 3983 0816

The next meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM via Zoom teleconference.  The public is welcome to attend. The link for the Zoom meeting is:

The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee will meet Tuesday, July 13 at 7 PM in the Town Hall. The main agenda item will be review of oral and written comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan.  Committee member Jeff Spiers will be attending by teleconference from 25 E Hunns Lake Road, Stanfordville, NY 12581.  Committee member James Sansum will attend by teleconference from 212 Taft Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Zoom lnk for meeting:

When: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 7:00 PM-9:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).


The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7 PM in the Town Hall.


Procedure for the June 28 public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan:.

  • People who want to speak will sign up at the door.
  • We will allow people into the room until the maximum of 35 is reached.
  • When the meeting begins, we will begin calling on people from the sign-up list. (A second list will be started at the door for those who arrive later.)
  • If the room is full, and more people outside are on the list to speak, we will ask those who have spoken to leave so that others can have their turn.
  • Speakers will be allowed 5 minutes.
  • If someone who is on the list to speak wishes to cede their time to another speaker, they may do so.
  • If someone’s time runs out and they have more to say, they can put their name at the end of the speaker list and wait for another turn to speak.
  • The meeting will continue for as long as people wish to speak.

You can view and download the Draft Comprehensive Plan here:Stanford Comp Plan Book_web version (1).

Paper copies of the plan are available at the Stanford Free Library and the Town Clerk’s office at the Town Hall.  These are for use on-site only.

Oral comments can be made at the public hearing, or written comments can be submitted by email to

or by mail to

Stanford Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, Stanford Town Hall, Stanfordville, NY 12581

“A summary of the comments made at the May 3, 2021 public meeting are here :Public Meeting Oral Comments_May_3_2021 and the written comments received are here: Written comments on Draft Comprehensive Plan as of May 9 2021 (003)  The Committee responses to these comments are detailed in the minutes  of  the May 11, 2021 meeting, posted below.”

Prior Actions and Information

Comprehensive Plan Review Committee

Please read revised Draft Comprehensive Review Plan HERE


The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee will hold a virtual public meeting to hear comments about the Draft Comprehensive Plan [formerly called “Master Plan”].

The meeting will be held Monday, May 3, at 7:00 PM via Zoom.

To view the Draft Comprehensive Plan:

  • Download it as a PDF file :_Stanford Comp Plan Book_web version
  • This is a large file [about 90 Mb] and may take a long time to download on a slow internet line. The individual chapters can be downloaded separately
  • The document is most easily read with two pages displayed side-by-side. In Adobe Reader, click on View>Page display>Two page scrolling.
  • Paper copies of the Draft Plan are available for viewing on-site at the Stanford Free Library or at Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s Office.

 To attend the virtual meeting:

Or you can join by telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0282 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 984 2591 2610
Passcode: 133283

To comment on the Draft Plan:

To speak at the meeting, please fill out the Speakers Form Here

 Only those who sign up by 5 PM on May 2 will be invited to speak. Speakers will be allowed 2 minutes each.

We welcome written comments through May 6, 2021.  Please include your name and address.

We prefer that you email comments to 

          You can also send comment by US mail to: 

                 Comprehensive Plan Review Committee  Stanford Town Hall  26 Town Hall Road, Stanfordville, NY 12581

Comments must be received by May 6, 2021

Instruction on connecting to the May 3 public meeting will be provided here soon.


After the meeting, the  Committee will reconvene to discuss the oral and written comments received. The Committee will revise the Draft Plan as necesssary, and then will submit the Comprehensive Plan to the Town Board. The Town Board will schedule and hold a public hearing on the Plan, and then vote on whether to adopt it.


Stanford is currently operating under a Master Plan that was written in 1980. In an effort to update the Town’s planning, the Master Plan Committee produced a Draft Master Plan in 2012.  Written and oral comments about the plan at that time  indicated that some residents had objections to parts of the Draft Plan, and a committee was established to review the comments and recommend changes. That committee began the work but did not finish before being disbanded.  A new Comprehensive Plan Review Committee is now  finishing this task.  (Note that we have changed the title from “Master Plan” to “Comprehensive Plan” to better align with the language used by other communities and NY State. ) We have reviewed the comments received and have changed the Draft Plan substantially to reflect those comments and changes in the community since 2021.


Members of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee are:

  • Gary Lovett, Chairperson (
  • Tom Angell
  • Richard Bell
  • Karen Mosher
  • James Sansum
  • Conrad Levenson
  • Jeffrey Spiers
  • Wendy Burton is our Town Board liaison
  • Rosemarie Miner is the committee secretary
  • Nina Peek and Madeleine Helmer from AKRF, Inc. are our planning consultants

THE STANFORD COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 2021 DRAFT  Preserving our Rural Character and Advancing Economic Vitality_

Stanford Comp Plan Book_web version


CPRC 7-13-2021 minutes Approved

CPRC Public Hearing 6.28.21 minutes Approved

CCPRC Minutes_May 11_2021 APPROVED – Copy – 

CPRC Minutes – Town of Stanford – 09.22.2020 APPROVED

CPRC Minutes -Town of Stanford- 10.13.2020 APPROVED

CPRC Minutes – Town of Stanford – 10.27.20 APPROVED

CPRC Minutes – Town of Stanford – 11.10.20 APPROVED

11_24_2020 CPRC Minutes Approved

12_8__2020 CPRC Minutes Approved

1_13_2021 CPRC Minutes Approved

1.26.2021 CPRC Minutes -Town of Stanford APPROVED

2_9_2021 CPRC Minutes APPROVED

2_23_2021 CPRC Minutes APPROVED

3_9_2021 CPRC Minutes APPROVED