The mission of the Lewis County Planning Department, at the direction of the Lewis County Board of Legislators, is to provide services to our municipalities and citizens to ensure that carefully planned and successful development occurs within the County in accord with the Lewis County Comprehensive Plan.

In support of this mission, the Department will provide assistance and resources to Lewis County municipalities for community development, project planning, zoning, and grant writing and administration.

Director of Planning

Frank Pace
7660 N. State Street
3rd Floor, Suite 324
Lowville, NY 13367

Phone: 315.376.5423
Fax: 315.377.3137

Planning Department Staff

Casandra Buell , Senior Planner
Phone: 315.376.5919

Sue Kulzer , Senior Keyboard Specialist
Phone: 315.376.5422

Office Hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday excluding holidays

County Planning Board

The Lewis County Planning Board holds a regular meeting on the third Thursday of every month.  Municipalities with projects that require County Planning Board review, must submit their referral to the Lewis County Planning Department at least 12 days prior to the regularly scheduled monthly meeting in order for the project to appear on the agenda and be reviewed.

If you have any questions regarding projects, the referral process, or the County Planning Board, please call our office at: (315) 376-5422.

County Planning Board Members
Michael W. Kaido, Chairman
Tim Petersen, Vice Chairman
Patricia O'Brien
William Burke
Gary Rosiczkowski
Warren Shaw
Ronald Burns, Legislative Committee Chairman

Larry Dolhof (Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member)

2017 County Planning Board Schedule
(click on the scheduled date for upcoming agendas & associated minutes)

January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017
April 20, 2017
May 11, 2017
June 15, 2017
July 20, 2017
August 17, 2017
September 21, 2017

October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 14, 2017

2018 County Planning Board Schedule
(click on the scheduled date for upcoming agendas & associated minutes)

January 18, 2018
February 15, 2018
March 15, 2018
April 19, 2018
May 17, 2018
June 21, 2018
July 19, 2018
August 16, 2018
September 20, 2018

October 18, 2018
November 15, 2018
December 20, 2018

2019 County Planning Board Schedule
(click on the scheduled date for upcoming agendas & associated minutes)

January 17, 2019
February 21, 2019
March 21, 2019
April 18, 2019
May 16, 2019
June 20, 2019
July 18, 2019
August 15, 2019
September 19, 2018
October 17, 2019
November 21, 2019
December 19, 2019

Municipal Referral Form
239 L-M Referral Manual

Short Environmental Assessment Form Part 1
Short Environmental Assessment Form Parts 2&3
State Environmental Quality Review Act - Adopted Amendments 2018

Lewis County Agricultural Districts

Article 25-AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law authorizes the creation of local agricultural districts pursuant to landowner initiative, preliminary county review, state certification, and county adoption. As of April 2002, 341 agricultural districts existed statewide, containing approximately 21,500 farms and 8.6 million acres (about 30 percent of the State's total land area).The purpose of agricultural districting is to encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural production.

Agricultural District #1 was created in Lewis County in 1975; it encompassed 20,304 acres of land and was located within the towns of Lewis, West Turin, Leyden, and Lyonsdale.  Agricultural District's #2, 3, 4 and 5 were designated over the next three years and encompassed almost, if not all of the active agricultural land within the county.  By law, each of the five districts in Lewis County must undergo a recertification process every eight years.  This recertification process verifies that the majority of the land within the district is active agricultural land.

In 2008, a county request was approved by NYS Ag and Markets to complete a review of all five Agricultural Districts and consolidation into one new district.  Currently, there is one active agricultural district in Lewis County, Agricultural District #6.  Agricultural District #6 contains 246,141.57 acres, and the anniversary date for recertification of this district is February 15, 2025.

Annual Inclusion Period

Property can only be removed from the Agricultural District during the eight year recertification process.  However, active agricultural land that is not already in the Agricultural District can be added to the district during the annual inclusion period. This period has been designated in Lewis County to occur every year from November 15 to December 15.

For more information about Agricultural Districts in New York State, go to

Lewis County Agricultural District Maps by Town
Croghan Ag District
Denmark Ag District
Greig Ag District
Harrisburg Ag District
Lewis Ag District
Leyden Ag District
Lowville Ag District
Lyonsdale Ag District
Martinsburg Ag District
Montague Ag District
New Bremen Ag District
Osceola Ag District
Pinckney Ag District
Turin Ag District
Watson Ag District

West Turin Ag District

Article 25AA - Agricultural Districts - including §301-7 definition of "Viable Agricultural Land"

2018 Lewis County Ag District 6 Map

Lewis County Ag Enhancement Plan - 2004

Municipal Land Use Regulations

Land Use & Zoning Law
Town of Croghan Site Plan Review Zoning Law
Town of Denmark Zoning Law
Town of Diana Zoning Law
Town of Greig Zoning Law
Town of Harrisburg Zoning Law
Town of Lewis Land Use Law
Town of Leyden Zoning Law
Town of Lowville Alternative Energy Law
Town of Lowville Zoning Law
Town of Lyonsdale Site Plan Review
Town of Martinsburg Development Law
Town of Martinsburg - Opt-out of Solar/Wind/Farm Waste Energy Tax Exemption
Town of Montague Land Use Law
Town of New Bremen Site Plan Review Zoning Law

Town of New Bremen - Opt-Out Solar and Wind
Town of Osceola Zoning Law
Town of Pinckney Zoning Law
Town of Turin Rural Development Law 2011
Town of Watson Zoning Law
Town of West Turin Zoning Law
Village of Castorland Site Plan Review Law
Village of Constableville Mobile Home and Travel Trailer Park Law
Village of Copenhagen Site Plan Review Law
Village of Harrisville Land Use Law - 1987
Village of Lowville Zoning Law
Village of Lyons Falls House Trailer and Tourist Camp Law
Village of Port Leyden Mobile Home Law
Village of Turin Rural Development Code

Zoning Maps
Town of Denmark Zoning Map
Town of Greig Zoning Map
Town of Harrisburg Zoning Map
Town of Lewis Zoning Map
Town of Lowville Zoning Map
Town of Martinsburg Zoning Map
Town of Montague Zoning Map
Town of Osceola Zoning Map
Town of Pinckney Zoning Map
Town of Turin Zoning Map 2011
Town of Watson Zoning Map
Town of West Turin Zoning Map
Village of Harrisville Zoning Map
Village of Lowville Zoning Map

Subdivision Laws
Town of Denmark Subdivision Law
Town of Greig Subdivision Law
Town of Harrisburg Subdivision Law
Town of Lewis Subdivision Law
Town of Lowville Subdivision Law
Town of Martinsburg Subdivision Law
Town of Montague Subdivision Law
Town of Osceola Subdivision Law
Town of Pinckney Subdivision Law
Town of Turin Subdivision Law
Town of West Turin Subdivision Law
Village of Castorland Subdivision Law
Village of Copenhagen Subdivision Law
Village of Lowville Subdivision Law

Comprehensive Plan
Town and Village of Lowville Comprehensive Plan
Town of Leyden Comprehensive Plan

Flood Damage Prevention Laws
Town of Leyden Flood Damage Law
Town of Lowville Flood Damage Law

Town of Lyonsdale Flood Damage Law

2009 Lewis County Comprehensive Plan

Lewis County recognizes the need for a comprehensive and strategic approach to the complex issues we face in the 21st Century. As a region, we need to be able to effectively leverage our assets and overcome challenges in order to continuously improve the quality of life for our citizens. On October 6, 2009, the Lewis County Board of Legislators adopted the County-wide Comprehensive Plan to foster a regional and collaborative approach to addressing these challenges. The County Comprehensive Plan, is our vision and is a frameswork of policies, goals, and objectives for County government. This framework will set the foundation for County-level decision making over the next 10-15 years. The Plan will also serve as a tool for local municipalities by encouraging a unified vision and purpose.

Topics addressed in the Plan include land use, tourism and economic development, rural and farmland preservation, environmental conservation, recreation, public infrastructure and community resources. Several towns and villages in Lewis County have completed plans and studies in past years. Some have basic zoning or land use plans, while others have adopted full Comprehensive Plans. Beyond the policies and objectives developed for County-level decisions, the County Comprehensive Plan has built upon the previous planning efforts of local municipalities. The County Plan does not supersede local plans and regulations, but rather will serve as an optional tool for localities to implement as they deem appropriate. As New York is a "home rule" state, County Comprehensive Plan components related to town or village issues are simply recommendations for consideration and are not regulatory in nature.

In rural counties, there is often limited staff and resources available to address the complex issues facing the region. Therefore, the Plan seeks to provide guidance and identify tools for implementation, while promoting knowledge sharing and inter-municipal collaboration.

Appendices - 10-6-09
Appendices Cover - 10-6-09
Back Cover - 10-6-09
Chapter 1 - Cover 10-6-09
Chapter 1 - Intro and Process 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Ag and Forestry - 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Community Resources - 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - County Profile - 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Cover - 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Demographics and Stats - 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Environmental Features -10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Infrastructure - 10-6-09
Chapter 2 - Land Use - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Cover - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Intro 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 1 Tourism and Recreation - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 2 Economic Development - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 3 Infrastructure and Transportation - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 4 Community Resources and Housing - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 5 Agriculture and Forestry - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 6 Natural Resources and the Environment - 10-6-09
Chapter 3 - Policy Area 7 Regional Coordination - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - County Character Area Plan - Overview and Map - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Cover 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Farmland Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Forest Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Hamlets and Crossroads Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Industry Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Lakefront Living Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Riparian Buffers Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Rural Living Character Area 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Village Center Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Village Living Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 4 - Village Transition Character Area - 10-6-09
Chapter 5 - Cover 10-6-09
Chapter 5 - Overview and Conclusion - 10-6-09
Front Cover - 10-6-09
High Priority Guidebook to the Comprehensive Plan - 10-6-09
Map 1 - Existing Land Use - 10-6-09
Map 2 - Land Cover - 10-6-09
Map 3 - Agriculture and Forestry Areas - 10-6-09
Map 4 - Agricultural District - 10-6-9
Map 5 - Prime Farmland and Hydric Soils - 10-6-09
Map 6 - Topographic Relief - 10-6-09
Map 7 - Elevation & Steep Slopes - 10-6-09
Map 8 - Waterbodies - 10-6-09
Map 9 - Watersheds - 10-6-09
Map 10 - Power and Utilities - 10-6-09
Map 11 - Transportation Network - 10-6-09
Map 12 - Recreation 10-6-09
Map 13 - County Character Area Map - 10-6-09
Table of Contents - 10-6-09

Lewis County Tourism

For information on Lewis County tourism, please check out

10th Annual Lewis County Survey of the Community - March 2017
Tourism Destination Area Normination Workbook