Planning & Zoning

Residential and Commercial developers begin their process in this Department. Applications for Planning Board Review can be found here or can be obtained directly from the Building Department. Applications must be submitted prior to the submission deadline per the meeting schedule. Submitted documents are reviewed by the Code and Planning Office prior to meeting with the Planning Board.

Can't find an answer to your question on this site? Call us at (607) 562-8443 x205. We'll be glad to help.

Comprehensive Plan Update

The 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update is an update of the Town's 2006 Comprehensive Plan, and is intended to account for changing conditions in the community over the last 15 years, as well as project trends such as economic factors, demographic characteristics, development activity, infrastructure conditions, and land use characteristics. The plan seeks to leverage the Town's strengths, address its weaknesses, identify threats, and capitalize on opportunities to achieve the community's vision. The plan accomplishes this by establishing goals, policies, and action items that address numerous issues related to improving the quality of life for residents.

Big Flats Comprehensive Plan


There are currently 14 zoning classifications and two planned development districts in the Town of Big Flats. Of these, give districts are variations of residential zoning, Town Center, various business districts, commercial light industrial, industrial, conservation and Airport Business District. The majority of the land in Big Flats is zoned Rural District. Zoning throughout the center of the Town reflects an assortment of develpment standards, where the majority regulates airport, business, town center and industrial uses. Conservation is the second largest zoning district, and the majority of the land surrounding the Chemung River. The Town of Big Flats Zoning Code and Zoning Map is available in PDF format. To access the document please click on the link below.

Zoning Code

Zoning Map

Staff Contacts

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Robert Switala, PE

Director of Planning & Economic Development

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Thomas Whispel

Code Enforcement Officer

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

(607) 562-8443 ext. 205


(607) 562-7063

476 Maple Street
Big Flats, NY 14814
United States
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