Planning and Development

The Department of Planning and Development helps to maintain and enhance the City’s quality of life. The Department is responsible for citywide planning, coordination of economic development activities, and management of the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG).

For a list of important programs and projects the Department is working on click here.


Rebecca Yanus, Director of Planning and Development

EJ Hayes III, Deputy Director of Planning and Development

Matthew Bourke, Community Development Planner

Hector Rosas, Festivals/Special Events Coordinator

Danee Waller, Secretary

News and Updates

  • Small Business Saturday Event:The City of Dunkirk’s Planning & Development Department is seeking local businesses who are interested in participating in a Small Business Saturday Event that will be held November 26th, 2016. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held the Saturday after Thanksgiving that encourages shoppers to patronize local brick and mortar companies. Businesses often have “Black Friday-like” sales to draw shoppers into their stores. Customers can finish up their shopping list while getting great deals and supporting our local economy.Registered businesses will be included in free advertising developed by the City – including flyers, signs, and maps that will be posted in the newspaper, online, and distributed during the event. Those that wish to be included in the advertisements need to contact Christina Lincoln, Community Development Planner, at 366-9878 or to register by November 18th.

Relevant Plans and Studies

Downtown Revitalization Initiative (2017)

Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Phase II Plan (2017)

Revised Floramo Plan (2017)

Central Business District Development Plan (1996)

Waterfront Enhancement Plan (1992)

Walkability Survey Summary Report (2013)

Chautauqua 20/20 Comprehensive Plan (2011)

Chautauqua County Design Principles Guidebook (2009)

Chautauqua County Branding, Development, and Marketing Action Plan (2009)

Chadwick Bay Region Comprehensive Plan (1997)

Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area Management Plan (2010)