Agriculture & Markets - Agricultural and Farmland Protection Programs - County agricultural and farmland protection plans

Published: 2015-10-02

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§ 324. County agricultural and farmland protection plans. 1. County
agricultural and farmland protection boards may develop plans, in
cooperation with the local soil and water conservation district and soil
conservation service, which shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) the location of any land or areas proposed to be protected;

(b) an analysis of the following factors concerning any areas and
lands proposed to be protected:

(i) value to the agricultural economy of the county;

(ii) open space value;

(iii) consequences of possible conversion; and

(iv) level of conversion pressure on the lands or areas proposed to be
protected; and

(c) a description of the activities, programs and strategies,
including efforts to support the successful transfer of agricultural
land from existing owners to new owners and operators, especially new
and beginning farmers, intended to be used by the county to promote
continued agricultural use, which may include but not be limited to
revisions to the county's comprehensive plan pursuant to section two
hundred thirty-nine-d or two hundred thirty-nine-i of the general
municipal law.

2. The county agricultural and farmland protection board shall conduct
at least one public hearing for public input regarding such agricultural
and farmland protection plan, and shall thereafter submit such plan to
the county legislative body for its approval.

3. The county agricultural protection plan must be submitted by the
county to the commissioner for approval.