Local Planning for Agriculture: What can your Town do?
On Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, 7:00pm at the Town of Great Valley Municipal Building 4808 Route 219, Great Valley, NY
This workshop is designed for town supervisors, town planning boards, town zoning boards of appeals, farmers, farm landowners and anyone interested in farmland protection in our County.
Brought to you by the Western New York Land Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust, the Cattaraugus County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism
Local planning for agriculture is a proactive approach that utilizes specific tools to support the viability of farm businesses and protect farmland. Highlighted tools include agricultural districts; right to farm laws; comprehensive plans; agricultural and farmland protection plans; zoning ordinances; local property tax reduction programs; small business loans and assistance; purchase, lease, and transfer of development rights; and infrastructure planning. Come and learn what your town can do to support and plan for local agriculture.
The presenters are:
- Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Western New York Land Conservancy
- Diane Held, American Farmland Trust, Senior New York Field Manager
- Jason Engel, Farmland Protection Consultant
- Laurie Andrews, Assistant Director, Cattaraugus County Business Development Corporation
Training hours for Planning Board members and Zoning Board of Appeals members can be earned at this workshop.
Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism at 716-938-2312 or email: mepuszcz [at] cattco [dot] org (click the ... to see the whole email)
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.
The Western New York Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit land trust that protects over 4,200 acres of land including a large number of working farms, scenic vistas, forested lands, wetlands, fragile natural ecosystems and lakefront shorelines across the eight counties of Western New York.
American Farmland Trust is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to stopping the loss of productive farmland while promoting sound stewardship of the land and availability of healthy, locally grown foods.