Planning Department

The Village of Saranac Lake has a professional planning department to help property owners get the most out of their property while still following the land use and zoning regulations within the Village of Saranac Lake.



The Planning Department is entrusted with guiding development by reviewing projects for land use and zoning issues in the Village of Saranac Lake. The Planning Department is usually the first stop in building or establishing a development in the Village.


Development Board


The Planning Department provides plan review, technical assistance and support for the Development Board. The Development Board is a group of professionals in related fields that come together monthly to review larger or more complex residential and commercial projects. Each proposal is different and may or may not require Development Board review. Set up a meeting or call the Planning Department for instructions on how to proceed with your project within the Village of Saranac Lake. 


The Development Board has the following powers and duties:


  • Reviews and makes determinations on site plan and special use permit applications.
  • Hears and determines requests for variances and appeals of orders, requirements, decisions, interpretations or determinations.
  • Approves all plats showing any streets or highways within the Village.
  • Prepares, reviews and recommends changes to the Zoning Map and the Village of Saranac Lake Development Code.


Planning & Zoning Services


The Planning Department also provides comprehensive planning & zoning services for the Village including:


  • Preparation of land use ordinances and regulations
  • Site visits and construction monitoring including as-built approval
  • Assistance to property owners with zoning questions



Contact the Village offices today to introduce your upcoming project to the Planning Department. Village of Saranac Lake, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983, call (518)891-4150 ext. 236 or email to get in touch with Paul Blaine, Development Code Administrator. 


Development Board Calendar

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The Development Board Meets the FIRST TUESDAY of every month starting at 6pm in the Village Board Room, located at 39 Main St., Suite 9, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

Development Board Documents