Monroe County accepting applications for 2022 Agricultural District Program

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Landowners must submit their applications by March 30, 2022.

The application period is open to Monroe County landowners who wish to apply to have a parcel of farmland added to a state-certified agricultural district.

Inclusion in the agricultural district program provides tax plots with certain legal protections for activities considered agricultural under state law. The program aims to protect and promote the availability of land for agricultural purposes by providing a framework to limit unreasonable local regulations on agricultural practices, limit the ability of local agencies to acquire agricultural land by eminent domain, and limit the ability of the local government to use public funds to build facilities promoting the development of agricultural land.

Landowners can apply by submitting a “Monroe County Farm Districts: Annual Registration Form” by March 30, 2022. Forms are available at www.monroecounty.gov/farmland and should be returned to David Grant, Registrar of the Legislature, Room 407, County Office Building, 39 W. Main Street, Rochester, New York 14614 or by email at [email protected]

Only entire tax parcels of primarily viable agricultural land can be included in an agricultural district.

After March 30, all applications will be referred to the Monroe County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, which then has 30 days to report on the proposed additions and make a recommendation to the Legislative Assembly. county.

The Planning and Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing on these recommendations before the County Legislature decides whether to pass or reject the proposed inclusion of land in existing districts.

The New York State Agriculture and Markets Act allows landowners to request that farmland be added to a state-established and certified agricultural district for a 30-day period designated by the New York Legislature. county. Requests to remove a parcel from agricultural districts will not be accepted at this time and must await review by the agricultural district in which the parcel is listed.

For more information on adding land to an agricultural district, please contact Bob King, Monroe Community College Agriculture and Life Sciences Institute, 292-2065 or [email protected]

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