Agricultural District Update

PUBLIC NOTICE: 2016 Open Enrollment PeriodMap of All Erie County Agricultural Districts 2015

30-DAY PERIOD FOR INCLUSION OF PREDOMINANTLY VIABLE AGRICULTURAL LANDS INTO EXISTING AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS

Per New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-b, the Erie County Legislature designated September 1 through September 30 as the annual thirty-day period during which landowners may submit requests to include predominantly viable agricultural land into an existing certified agricultural district.

Copies of the application form have been provided to Municipal Clerks, Assessors, and Chief Elected Officials for distribution to interested landowners. The application is also available on the DEP website at www.erie.gov/environment.

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will accept applications from September 1 through September 30. Any questions on this process should be directed to the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.

A public hearing will also be scheduled at a later date to consider all inclusion requests and the recommendations of the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board.

CONTACT:

Elias Reden, Planner

Erie County Environment & Planning

95 Franklin Street, 10th Floor

Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: (716) 858-1911     Fax: (716) 858-7248      Email: agriculture@erie.gov

 

 

  


Recently Completed Reviews

In May 2016, Erie County completed the eight-year review of Eden Agricultural District No. 2, North Collins Agricultural District No. 4, Collins Agricultural District No. 8, and Brant-Evans Agricultural District No. 9. In accordance with the Erie County Agricultural District Consolidation Plan, the only modification proposed was the consolidation of the above-mentioned Agricultural Districts into the Consolidated Southwest Agricultural District No. 8. This information was transmitted to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and was certified on June 23, 2016. The next review of Consolidated Southwest Agricultural District No. 8 will take place during or before June 2024. 

  

In February 2014, Erie County completed the eight-year review of Marilla Agricultural District No. 5. No modifications were proposed and the Erie County Legislature recommended the continuation of the District. This information was transmitted to the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and was certified on April 9, 2014. The next review of Ag District 5 will be done on or before December 4, 2021.

 

In February 2014, Erie County received a notification from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets regarding the eight-year review of Sardinia Agricultural District No. 6. According to the Erie County Agricultural District consolidation schedule, Agricultural District 6 is scheduled for consolidation with Holland Agricultural District No. 11 and Concord Agricultural District No. 15. As such, Erie County has requested an extension of District 6 in order to align its review with the review period of Districts 11 and 15. The review and consolidation of these districts is scheduled to take place between October 2016 and August 2017.

 


 

Agricultural District Modification forms will be accepted later this year.

To check if your parcel is already in an agricultural district, you may search the Erie County Online Mapping System 

If your property is in agricultural use, please fill out our Agricultural Review Worksheet.

  

For more information on agricultural programs, contact the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning at (716) 858-8390 or agriculture@erie.gov