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Room at the Table: Food System Assessment of Erie County

This report is a plan for strengthening Erie County’s food system. The report was prepared by graduate students in Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo for the Department of Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. The Department of Environment and Planning is in the process of preparing a new farmland preservation plan - this report is intended to inform their effort.

Ground Up: Cultivating Sustainable Agriculture in the Catskill Region

This publication is fourth in a series produced by a post-graduate-level seminar within the Urban Design Program at Columbia University. Each has been focused on environmental issues facing the Upper Delaware River region. On the following pages are chronicles of six farms that are doing things differently. In recent years one of the most important changes in farming has been the renewal of regional agricultural markets, and especially the rapidly expanding urban appetite for fresh local produce.

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.  


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