Conservation land planning is the backbone of smart growth planning. “Save what needs to be saved; build what needs to be built” is a phrase coined by Robert Lamire, author of A Bridge to Nowhere. We need to achieve a balance between the built environment and what is important to protect so we will ensure clean drinking water, fresh produce, milk, livestock, clean air and wildlife habitats for the future – a balance to maintain sustainable communities for tomorrow.

Many new zoning codes dictate the protection of the town’s resources. Knowing what resources are the most important to preserve on a property can help guide a municipality’s protection efforts in a meaningful and a logical manner. DLC has experience reviewing both Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Laws to ensure that they include the important tools for sound open space planning and growth. DLC welcomes opportunities to work with our municipal partners to achieve sound land-planning practices throughout Dutchess County.