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.
  • City of Niagara Falls Comprehensive Plan 2009

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 2020 City of Niagara Falls Planning Board Meetings- All meetings begin at 6:00PM.

  • January 8th
  • January 22th
  • February 5th
  • February 19th
  • March 4th
  • March 18th
  • April 8th
  • April 29th
  • May 13th
  • May 27d
  • June 10th
  • June 24th
  • July 8th
  • July 22st

August Recess

  • September 9th
  • September 23th
  • October 14th
  • October 28th
  • November 25th
  • December 16th
  • December 20th



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