Planning Board

The charter of the Planning Board is to review and guide proposed development projects so that they are in compliance with the regulations set forth in the Hillsdale Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance, 5/1/1995 (revised 6/20/2000 and further revised 6/18/2007). The principal goals of the Comprehensive Plan are to maintain the rural character of Hillsdale and protect our environment.

The Planning Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Hillsdale Town Hall, currently via Zoom. Contact Elizabeth Sheer, Planning Board Secretary, at if you need an appointment or wish to be added to the agenda. The agenda, and the Zoom user information, is typically set the week before the meeting.


Barbara Pascale Olsen, Chair (2026)
John Avenia (2021)
Mark Barbato (2025)
Richard Freiman (2022)
Bud Gardener (2023)
Ellen Levy (2027)
Patti Rohrlich (2024)
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Planning Board members serve for 7-year terms expiring 12/31 of the year listed.

Planning Board Secretary

Elizabeth Sheer

Phone: (518) 325-5073 ext. 13

Office hours: Monday and Friday 10-2