City of Binghamton, New York

Planning Division

The Planning Division is composed of dedicated employees who are responsible for the development and implementation of the City’s current and long range development standards and policies. The Planning Division serves as advisory staff to the citizens who make up the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Commission on Architecture and Urban Design (CAUD), the Shade Tree Commission, and the Waterfront Advisory Committee. 

The Planning Division works collaboratively with all members of our community to articulate a vision for the future of Binghamton, and works to implement this vision creating a vibrant and sustainable community for the benefit of both current and future generations. For information on how we can assist with your project development, please visit our Development Review Services page.

The Planning Division provides a broad range of services to City residents, property owners, business owners, developers, elected officials, and other City departments. Among the areas in which the division is active are: site plan review; neighborhood planning; long-range planning; historic preservation; climate change; community design and amenity/quality of life; information management (i.e., mapping); and grants development and administration.

Downtown Parking Study

The downtown parking study is complete and the final report can be found here

Preferred Sustainability Status (PSS)

The City's 2014 Comprehensive plan, Blueprint Binghamton, was funded by a $500,000 grant award from the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. By securing this award, the city has been designated a “Preferred Sustainability Status” (PSS) community by the federal partnership (HUD-DOT-EPA). Among other things, this exclusive designation can earn the city and our partners additional points when submitting applications to certain federal grant programs.

If you are preparing an application to a federal agency—specifically HUD, EPA, or DOT—we may be able to certify that your project is consistent with our PSS guidelines and make you eligible for these additional points. Please complete the city’s PSS Certification Form and submit to the Planning Department.

To learn more about PSS communities, of which there are only about 90 nationwide, please visit HUD's website.