Community Planning and Development

The Community Planning Development Department provides professional planning services that fosters the efficient utilization of Seneca resources; promotes self-empowerment; and supports the development of a sustainable, diversified, and vibrant economy for the benefit of the entire Seneca Nation.

CPDD Core Goals

  • Develop, manage and implement projects that positively shape the Seneca Nation by addressing its needs in a proactive and inclusive manner.
  • Pursue economic development projects and activities that support a diverse Seneca economy and increased employment opportunities.
  • Provide a safe and functional transportation network by applying effective planning, construction, maintenance, and management systems and practices.
  • Collect, evaluate, and disseminate demographic information on social and economic characteristics for use at all levels of government.
  • Prepare accurate maps and related geographic information to facilitate decision- making and planning by all Seneca Nation departments.
  • Identify, research, and circulate information on potential funding opportunities and assist with the development of grant applications and proposals.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Public Comment Period - Seneca Nation of Indians Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

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The annual Seneca Nation of Indians Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the result of the continuous planning process to guide community and economic growth in the Nation’s territories. The document lists activities and strategies to boost job creation, increase investment, improve infrastructure, and encourage economic diversification in the Nation.

The document also lists priority projects and programs, development goals and objectives, and a vision for the community.

The Seneca Nation of Indians CEDS will be available for review and comment from May 1st to May 31st in the Nation’s Planning Department (Allegany and Cattaraugus) and the Nation’s Clerk Office (Allegany and Cattaraugus).

The public is urged to submit comments to the Planning Department by May 31th, 2015.

Food Is Our Medicine Plant Sale

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Looking for herbs, veggies, and flowers for your garden this year but don't have time to get to a nursery?  Food Is Our Medicine is hosting its annual plant sale on May 16 simultaneously at both the Cattaraugus Community Center AND the Allegany Community Center starting at 9 AM and going until we sell out!  We will have a wide variety of flowers, veggies, herbs, and sweetgrass.  If you want to buy plants for a garden but have no idea how to work with them, come to our Elders Sharing Circle on May 18 where we will be doing a Container Gardening workshop at 6 PM!

2015 Plant Sale Flyer

Friends of the Seneca Farmers Market Committee

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Whether you have a great idea for the Seneca Nation Farmers Market or just want to help out, come to the Friends of the Seneca Farmers Market Committee meeting on May 7, 2015 at 5 pm in the Community Planning & Development Office, 2nd floor, William Seneca building, Irving, NY.  Our grand opening for the summer season is just around the corner and we want community input--help us make this year's Seneca Nation Farmers Market a success!

Friends Of The Seneca Farmers Market Flyer

Volunteers Needed for Honoring Mother Earth 5K Run/Walk

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The Food Is Our Medicine Project is seeking volunteers and runners for its annual Honoring Mother Earth 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 25 at 11 AM.  We need at least 20 volunteers to help direct the runners through the course.  To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Amanda by phone at (716)532-4900 ext. 5016 or by email at  To sign up as a runner, please visit the Food Is Our Medicine Project website at and click on the Upcoming Events tab.  Or, fill out the attached form and return it to the Cattaraugus Planning Department in the William Seneca Building.

Community Needs Assessment Update

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Nya:wëh for your participation in the community needs assessment survey! The Seneca Nation needs assessment is officially closed.  The goal was to receive 260 on territory member surveys and 288 off-territory member surveys.  In total we have received 80% of our goal for on territory surveys, and 48% of our off-territory member goal.  Furthermore, 100% of department administrators completed the provider survey.

The results will be used to identify your community’s resource requirements and gaps for the purpose of guiding important decisions about local healthcare, education, family services, and more. This information will be used to guide administrative actions that affect your community. As a participant of this survey, you have been provided the opportunity to enter to win cash prizes totaling $500! The sweepstakes winners will be selected and announced April 10, 2015.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Deanna Diaz at or 716 945 1790 ext. 3064.  Your opinion is invaluable to the future of the nation and we greatly appreciate your participation!

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