Per New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b, the Chautauqua County Legislature has designated January 2 through January 31 as the annual thirty-day period during which landowners may submit requests to include predominantly viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district.
The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development will accept applications from January 2 through January 31. Please submit all inclusion requests to the Department of Planning and Development, 201 West Third Street Suite 115 Jamestown, NY 14701 or email to email@example.com on or before 4:30 PM on January 31, 2022. Any questions on this process should be directed to the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development.
The Agricultural District Inclusion Worksheet, current Agriculture District Maps, and additional information can be found on the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development (CCDPD) website at https://planningchautauqua.com/planning/afpb/ag-dist-inclusion/
At the end of the thirty (30) day period, the proposed parcels requested for inclusion will be submitted to the Chautauqua County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB). Based on the AFPB’s recommendations, a report will be prepared for the Planning & Economic Development (PED) Legislative Committee’s review. After review by the PED Legislative Committee the recommendation will be forwarded to the County Legislature for a public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Legislature will vote via resolution to accept the recommendations made by AFPB. The County Legislature will then send the resolution to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to certify the inclusion of lands or not. If the Commissioner certifies the inclusion of the parcels, the land will become part of the Agricultural District.
An agricultural district is a geographic area which consists predominantly of viable agricultural land. Agricultural operations within the district are the priority land use and afforded benefits and protections to promote the continuation of farms and the preservation of agricultural land. This should not be confused with the agricultural assessment program which allows eligible farmland located both within and outside the agricultural districts to be taxed at its agricultural assessment. Landowners should see their local assessor to find out more information on agricultural assessment for their parcel(s).
Lauren Sharp, Planning Technician
Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Development
BWB Center 201 West Third Street Suite 115
Jamestown, New York 14701
Phone: (716) 661-8245
|Ag. Plan Focus Meetings Over the past few months, our consultants, ACDS, have been reaching out to our agricultural community to better understand the opportunities and challenges they face. After months of these discussions, we are looking to invite those in the community to review potential recommendations.|
This focus group session is to discuss the findings and drafted recommendations for the Chautauqua County Agricultural Development and Enhancement Strategy (update of the County’s Farmland Protection Plan).
We will be having two focus group meetings:
The first will be held on Tuesday, October 26th from 5-7PM in the gymnasium at the old school in Mayville (2 Academy Street, Mayville NY).
The second will held on Wednesday, October 27th from 2-4PM at St. Luke’s (410 N Main St, Jamestown, NY 14701).
If you are interested in discussing and giving input on the potential recommendations of the plan, please join us at one of these meeting. Please use this Google Form to RSVP and let us know which meeting you plan to attend.