The regular April 2020 meetings of the Gaines Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will reconvene in May with the regular meeting schedule. This situation is fluid, and the May meetings may be remotely done, or closed to the public, based on direction from the State of New York. We will post additional information here as we have it.

As posted on the Town’s social media pages, Town business continues to be conducted behind the scenes. The Highway/Water Department is operating normally. The Town Clerk is working a regular schedule, however, the town offices are closed to the public. If you need services from the Town Offices, please contact the Town Clerk via phone at 585-589-4592 or via email at

Please continue to utilize reliable sources for information on COVID-19. Here are your best resources for up-to-date information at the local, state, and national levels:

Orleans County Health Department COVID-19 Page

New York State Health Department COVID-19 Page

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Page


After a little over a year of effort by the Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Zoning Update Steering Committee, and our consultant, LaBella Associates, the Town Board passed Local Law 2 of 2019 on December 9, 2019, which replaces the old zoning ordinance, which were originally adopted in the early 1980s,  with a new set of regulations.

The new zoning regulations focus on enabling proper growth while protecting our agricultural and historical areas. The new regulations bring us up to current standards on zoning and ensure we are in alignment with relevant state laws and regulations. On of the largest changes to the zoning regulations is the re-establishment of the Planning Board.

The new zoning ordinance will go into effect upon filing with the New York State Department of State, and should be completed by December 20, 2019.

With the new regulations, the Town is seeking interested parties to volunteer to serve on the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. We are taking letters or emails of interest until the end of the year, and will fill the boards during the Town Board 2020 Organizational Meeting on January 13, 2020.

A copy of the zoning regulations and zoning map are available on the “Forms, Applications, & Files” section of the website, with a link also below.

A big thank you to all of the people who volunteered their time and effort, as well as those who offered feedback and comments! Without the help from our residents, we would not have been successful in completing this important update.

Town of Gaines Zoning Regulations

Town of Gaines Zoning Map

There will be a public hearing on the Zoning Revisions developed by the Zoning Advisory Committee with the assistance of our consultant, LaBella Associates. The files included here are the most recent versions of the draft zoning regulations. This version is what the Town Board set in motion for later adoption at our September 9, 2019 regular meeting. These zoning regulations were sent to the Orleans County Planning Board for review and comment at their September 26, 2019 meeting.

The public hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2019 @ 7:00 PM at the Town Hall. All comments will be accepted at that time and will be considered for any further modifications to the Zoning Regulations.

September 30, 2019 – CPB Approval of Zoning Ordinance

Draft Zoning Regulations – September 2019 Edits

Zoning Regulations Map – Draft (September)

Zoning Regulations – Summary of Changes Made Since July Draft