Middle Falls at Grimes Creek Park GorgeCounty Government Structure

The 21-member Board of Supervisors is the legislative and policy-making body of Ontario County. The Board is composed of elected officials representing our 26 municipalities (16 towns, 8 villages, and two cities).

The board has established 10 "standing committees" to provide initial discussion and review issues impacting county operations. Each committee consists of six supervisors and is supported by county staff for administrative purposes. Resolutions are prepared for consideration of the full Board of Supervisors after a consensus has been reached at the committee level.

Board of Supervisors Committees

The Planning Department is the liaison to two standing Committees of the Board of Supervisors, and one Special Committee. Agendas, committee materials, and minutes for each of these three committees are generated by Planning Department staff.
Board of Supervisors' Committees Page

Boards and Councils
The Planning Department provides staff support to the following agencies (Click for additional information):
Ontario County Agricultural Enhancement Board
Ontario County Planning Board

Interdepartmental Functions
CIP: The Planning Department is responsible for the annual update of the County's Capital Improvement Plan, a tool used for managing the physical infrastructure assets of the County such as roads, bridges, county sewer districts, county buildings, Finger Lakes Community College, and major equipment and systems such as the County's 9-1-1 system, Emergency Radio Communication System, Computer network infrastructure, and major software systems.
Environmental Review: The Planning Department is responsible for coordinating environmental review for county projects and operations under all applicable state and federal law, such as the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Technical Support

Planning Department staff provides technical support for municipalities in regard to planning and zoning matters, such as comprehensive plans, production of zoning maps, review of development proposals, and drafting of zoning and subdivision local laws. These technical services are provided on a first come/first serve basis free of charge for the first 40 hours per year.