Lewis County
Economic Development & Planning

Economic Development & Planning

Eric Virkler
Director of Economic Development and Planning
County of Lewis
7660 N. State Street Lowville, NY 13367
fax:  315-377-3137
Frank Pace, Senior Planner
Sara Freda, Planner
Sue Kulzer, Senior Keyboard Specialist
Office Hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday excluding holidays


North Country Tourism Destination Workbook

2014 Agricultural Press Release

2014 Ag District Fact Sheet

2014 Ag Inclusion Form


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


Environmental Assessment Form


2012 Lewis County CEDS Annual Progress Report 


"Lyons Falls Mill Redevelopment Project"

 Potential Boonville Power


Lewis County Comprehensive Plan - October 2009


       7th Annual Lewis County Survey of the Community - March 2014 



Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)2012 - April 2012 


 Community Digester Feasibility Study - June 2010



2011 Strategic Tourism Report - January 2011 



Link to Lyons Falls Brownfield Opportunity Area:   




Municipal  Land Use  Regulations    
County  Planning Board   
Empire Zone
Croghan Dam Rehabilitation Project


The mission of the Lewis County Department of Economic Development and Planning, at the direction of the Lewis County Board of Legislators, is to provide services to our municipalities, organizations, businesses and citizens to ensure that carefully planned and successful development occurs within the County in accord with the Lewis County Comprehensive Plan.


In support of this mission, the Department will provide assistance and resources to Lewis County municipalities and organizations for community development, project planning, zoning, and grant writing and administration. We will work with businesses to provide information and guidance to meet their business development needs and to create growth in our County. The Department will also provide general information and resources to citizens for various planning, zoning and economic development issues.


  Specific services provided by the Department of Economic Development:& Planning
  • Site selection for new and expanding businesses county wide
  • Coordination with the Lewis County IDA on development packages

  • Business development resources including information about and administration of the Empire Zone program

  • Grant writing and administrative services

  • Technical assistance on planning and zoning issues to local municipalities and the public

  • Information including census, demographic data, and flood plain data for local governments and the public

  • Expertise on land use, comprehensive planning, community development

  • Expertise on other topics related to agriculture, environmental impact assessment, housing and transportation, recreation and disaster recovery.

  • Administers the state directed Agricultural District Program, and Federal Housing Assistance

  • Fulfills the statutory requirements for NYS General Municipal Law Article 239

  • Provides staff support to Lewis County Planning Board and Lewis County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee.

  • Provides county representation on regional boards




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