The Erie County Legislature recently approved two agriculture related resolutions sponsored by County Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden), including adding several parcels of land to existing agricultural districts.
Legislator McCracken and the Legislature voted to add eight parcels of land, four in Concord and two each in Clarence and Boston, totaling 537 acres of land, to existing districts. The two Clarence parcels will join the Clarence Newstead Agricultural District No. 14, while the other six parcels will join the Concord Agricultural District No. 15.
“These parcels of land have been determined to serve the public interest and maintain a viable agricultural industry within their district, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board unanimously voted to recommend their inclusion in these districts, following public hearings,” Legislator McCracken, chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, said. “Including these parcels in the districts will help them remain viable agricultural land, serving to help support the families owning and operating them, ensuring that we will have healthy, high quality and locally grown food and provide employment and educational opportunities and continue a proud, vital way of life in Erie County.”
The Legislature also unanimously approved Legislator McCracken’s effort to request New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Darrel Auburtine to change and extend the review dates of Erie County’s 14 agricultural districts to start August 26, 2015, and end the 300-day review period June 21, 2016.
“Erie County is in the process of consolidating our 14 agricultural districts into four districts. We must make certain that all of the agricultural district review anniversary dates are consistent to coordinate the process,” Legislator McCracken said. “It is wise to take the proper measures to make consolidation of these adjacent districts feasible.”