Planning and Environmental


The City of Niagara Falls Planning Office and the Office of Environmental Services are (organizationally) part of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. Its mission is:

  • To promote and protect the health, safety and general welfare of all residents by enhancing and conserving the social, economic and environmental health of the residential, commercial, industrial and recreational areas by fostering the most appropriate use of municipal land and resources.

The City of Niagara Falls Planning Office: (716) 286-4470

  • Maintains the City’s comprehensive plan, including transportation, land use, housing, public service, community facilities and its other elements;
  • Administers zoning, subdivision and handles amendments to these and related codes;
  • Reviews special use permits such as group care, day care, some commercial recreation and other conditional uses;
  • Advises on disposition of City owned property, including dedication or vacation of streets, alleys and some easements;
  • Assists in capital improvements and economic development;
  • Helps with site planning and design for construction, sale, lease or use agreements involving City holdings;
  • Provides staff services to the City Officials, Planning Board, Board of Appeals and other boards on community development matters;
  • Provides some of the staff services for code enforcement, and other regulatory activities;
  • Maintains maps, aerial photography, demographics and other information related to community growth and change;
  • Works with schools, businesses, institutions and special districts, and with census, housing, conservation, preservation, highway, railroad, utility and other agencies as needed to ensure compliance with city development regulations and general consistency with our development goals.

While our mission is focused on zoning and physical planning and largely accomplished through zoning enforcement, site plan review and land use analysis, Planning is a comprehensive field, that requires the City’s Planning Office to have access to all kinds of information. On a typical day, the Planning and Environment Offices may field calls for land use regulations, floodplain data, demographics, brownfields, recycling, economic development, municipal operations or other topic.

Mr. Thomas J. DeSantis, Acting Director Department of Planning & Economic Development
Phone: 716-286-4477

Mr. James Bragg, Planner II/Historic Preservation Specialist
Phone: 716-286-4467

The Office of Environmental Services

Alan Nusbaum, Environmental Planner/GIS Coordinator
Phone: 716-286-4462


City Hall Council Chambers
745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY

Dates for the City of Niagara Falls Planning Board Meetings- All meetings begin at 6:00PM.

  • January 9th
  • January 30th
  • February 13th
  • February 27th
  • March 13th
  • March 27st
  • April 10th
  • April 24th
  • May 8th
  • May 22nd
  • June 5th
  • June 19th
  • July 17th
  • July 31st

August Recess

  • September 11th
  • September 25th
  • October 9th
  • October 23
  • November 6th
  • November 20th
  • December 4th
  • December 18th



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