Special studies for the legislature and other departments; grant writing and administration, especially in housing and local infrastructure; technical assistance to local governments and citizens on planning and zoning and environmental problems; monitor and respond to state and federal project proposals and laws; provide staff resources to County Planning Board and Environmental Management Council; staff the Fair Housing Task Force and the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, and the Committee on Low Level Flights; provide training to planning and zoning boards; liaison with regional and statewide agencies and organizations; develop and maintain St. Lawrence County Geographic Information System.
- St. Lawrence County received a Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to complete an update to the County’s original Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The purpose of hazard mitigation planning is to reduce or alleviate property loss, reduce damage to the environment, and reduce the loss of life and number and severity of injuries that have the potential to result from natural hazard events. The HMP is used to identify and implement short- and long-term mitigation strategies and actions that focus on execution at a pre-disaster level. Retaining an approved and updated HMP will allow the County and participating municipalities to remain eligible to apply for future hazard mitigation and resiliency funding from FEMA. The updated HMP also provides the County and jurisdictions with an additional tool to reference for disaster planning, land development, and funding initiatives.