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The Rural Design Workbook: Village of Painted Post Zoning Law

A law to promote the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the Village of Painted Post; regulating and restricting the height, number of stories, and size of buildings and other structures, the percentage of lot that may be occupied, the size of yards, courts and other open spaces, the density of population, and the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence, or other purposes; creating districts for said purposes, and establishing the boundaries thereof; and establishing a Zoning Board of Appeals to determine and vary the application of such r

Analysis of Existing Town of Lima Zoning Regulations

An excerpt on zoning regulations from the Town of Lima Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.  The Town of Lima Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan was funded by a Municipal Planning Grant through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The plan was approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture on May 27, 2010.  Agriculture Committee members in Lima chose to complete an in-depth analysis of zoning regulations as a component of the planning for agriculture process and to develop recommendations for more agriculture-friendly zoning laws.  

Saratoga and Washington Counties, NY: Cooperative Extension Association Senior Extension Resource Educator Position Description

This position description provides information about the responsibilites of the Cornell Cooperative Extension staff responsible for the Agricultural Economic Development Program in Saratoga and Washington counties and the Equine Economic Development Program in Saratoga County, New York.

Jefferson County New York, Purchase of Development Rigths: Feasibility Analysis and Program Design

 

The economic significance of the agricultural industry and the quality of the land used by agriculture were driving factors in the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board's decision to undertake a PDR Feasibility Study.  Work group meetings, public meetings and one-on-one farmer meetings resulted in a list of recommendations for the county to implement as it moved forward with a PDR program.  Recommendations included promoting a "no net loss" goal and protecting 20 percent of current productive acreage for agriculture. 

Wayne County, NY: Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan (Excerpts)

Wayne County's Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan was approved by the New York Commissioner of Agriculture in 1997.  Since the plan's development, the County Agricultural Development Board, in partnership with an Agricultural Economic Development Specialist - a position created as an outgrowth of the plan - have implemented many of the plan's recommendations.  

Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Towns and Counties

American Farmland Trust's new publication, Planning for Agriculture in New York: A Toolkit for Towns and Counties helps communities engage farmers and rural landowners in local planning efforts; assess current town policies and their effectiveness; and understand the range of tools available to help New York towns and counties support local farms. The guide contains case studies demonstrating how towns and counties are successfully planning for agriculture.

Parma, NY: Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

The Town of Parma created the Farmland and Open Space Protection Committee in 2007. One of the Committee’s first actions was to undertake a resident survey, which was conducted in July 2007. In 2008, the Town of Parma received a $25,000 grant from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to prepare an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. In 2008, the Town of Parma retained the consulting firm of Stuart I. Brown Associates to assist in the preparation of the Plan.

Junius, NY: Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

The Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan benefits the Town of Junius.  The  township has been an agricultural community since its founding in 1803. Even though the NYS Thruway has traversed the southern part of the town since its opening in June 1954 and has maintained exits nearby, the town remained rural in nature with little outside pressure to change.  Development and changing traffic patterns allowed travelers to crisscross Junius unimpeded, usually heading for points beyond the Junius borders.

Eden, NY: Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

The town of Eden’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan was funded with a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in 2008. Eden has been proactive in supporting its agricultural industry and developed a similar report on the state of agriculture in 1998. Many changes have occurred in the past decade and it has been valuable to reassess current conditions and reevaluate appropriate tools to protect farmland and strengthen the future for agriculture.

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