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Agricultural Districts
Eight-Year Review and Recertifications

Agricultural districts are reviewed by the County and recertified by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for agricultural viability every eight years.  During the review process landowners can elect to have their land remain in the district, remove their land from the district, or add land to the district.  Please note that while land can be added to an agricultural district each year through the annual additions process, land can only be removed through the eight-year review process.  Landowners who want their land to remain in an agricultural district do not need to take any action during the eight-year review.

The eight-year review of Agricultural District 1 in the Towns of LaFayette (west of I-81), Onondaga (west of I-81), Otisco, and Tully (west of I-81) is currently underway.  Landowners with land currently enrolled in District 1 have been mailed a letter informing them of the review, a removal and addition request form, and a farm survey.

The removal and addition request form will identify the parcels that landowners currently have enrolled in the District.  If you would like to remove any of your properties or add properties to District 1, please complete and return the form by January 30, 2018.  Requests received after January 30, 2018 will not be considered.  You do not need to return the form if you want your parcels to remain in the District and you are not requesting that land be added to a district.  If you own land in the Towns of LaFayette (west of I-81), Onondaga (west of I-81), Otisco, and Tully (west of I-81) that is not currently enrolled in District 1 and would like to add it to the District, or you believe you own land in the District but did not receive a form and would like to make changes, please use the removal and addition form available on this page.

Landowners with land currently enrolled in District 1 will also receive a Farm Survey that is intended to gauge the state of agriculture in the District.  Landowners who currently own an agricultural operation within District 1 or rent their land to an agricultural operation are asked to complete and return the survey by January 30, 2018.  You do not need to complete the survey if you do not farm your land or rent land to an agricultural operation.  The results of the survey will be detailed in the Onondaga County Farmland Protection Board’s eight-year review report to the Onondaga County Legislature.  Responses will not be attributed to landowners by name in the report.  If you own an agricultural operation within District 1 or rent land to an agricultural operation and did not receive a survey and would like to complete one, please use the survey available on this page.

After the open period ends, the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board will review the requests and prepare a report that is submitted to the County Legislature for their consideration.  The Legislature will then hold a public hearing to receive feedback on the requested modifications, if any.  Once the County Legislature has approved of the changes, the report is finalized and sent to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for recertification of the District.  This process typically takes eight to ten months.

For more information contact:

Syracuse - Onondaga County Planning Agency

315-435-2611

countyplanning@ongov.net

Onondaga County
Agricultural Districts
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Onondaga County Agricultural Districts - December 2015

Onondaga County
Agricultural Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 as of 2015

 

Click here for more information.

Renewal of NYS Ag District 1

is now in process -

owners may request to add or remove property from Ag District 1 during January 1-30, 2018.

2018 Notice of Review
Agricultural District 1

Removal and Addition
Request Form

Farm Survey

 

Agricultural District 1 Map

 

Agricultural District maps are also
available in the Map Gallery.

 
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