1 CRR-NY 390.4NY-CRR
1 CRR-NY 390.4
1 CRR-NY 390.4
390.4 Municipal agricultural and farmland protection plans.
Municipalities may develop agricultural and farmland protection plans, in cooperation with cooperative extension and other organizations, including local farmers. These plans shall include at least the following elements:
(1) a statement of the municipality's goal(s) with respect to agricultural and farmland protection (e.g., to stabilize or enhance the agricultural economy of the municipality; preserve open space; abate land conversion pressure; maintain community goals with respect to development and growth; and protect natural resources such as air quality, watersheds, aquifers, or wildlife);
(2) an identification of the general location of any lands or other designation of areas that are proposed to be protected (e.g., the whole municipality, all agricultural district lands within the municipality, farms or farmlands in particular section of the municipality). Specific tracts of land or farms need not be identified. Maps are not mandatory but may be used at the discretion of the municipality to illustrate strategies or to explain the plan more completely;
(3) an analysis of the lands or areas to be protected, such as their value to the agricultural economy of the municipality, their open space value, the level of conversion pressure being experienced, and the consequences of possible conversion;
(4) a description of activities, programs and strategies intended to be used by the municipality to promote continued agricultural use, including how they are to be financed, and which may include but not be limited to revisions to the municipality's comprehensive plan pursuant to section 272-a subdivision 2(a) of the Town Law and land use regulations as defined in section 272-a subdivision 2(b) of the Town Law as appropriate; and
(5) a description or identification of other municipal and county planning and land use programs, if any, such as economic development, zoning and comprehensive land use planning, which may be shown to complement and be consistent with, the municipal agricultural and farmland protection plan, as well as identification of any municipal and county plans, policies or objectives which are inconsistent with or conflict with the plan.
(b) Planning and approval process.
In developing an agricultural and farmland protection plan, the municipality shall follow the planning and approval process in sequence as follows:
(1) the municipality shall conduct at least one public hearing to solicit citizen views and recommendations;
(2) the municipality shall undertake specific efforts to involve members of the farm community in the planning process, and to assure that the final plan is made available to the farm community for comment before it is approved;
(3) the municipality shall consult with the department throughout the planning process;
(4) the municipality shall submit the proposed plan to the municipal legislative body and the agricultural and farmland protection board for the county in which the municipality is located for approval;
(5) municipal legislative body approval of the plan shall be documented by a resolution;
(6) plans of work must be completed within 24 months to be eligible for State matching grants under this program, unless said period is extended by written agreement between the municipality and the department; however, the municipality legislative body need not approve the final plan within 24 months; and
(7) the municipality shall submit the plan to the commissioner for approval. The commissioner shall act upon the plan within 45 days of receipt of the document, and notify the municipality of the plan's approval or disapproval. A copy of the commissioner's decision shall be sent to the chair of the agricultural and farmland protection board for the county in which the municipality is located.
(c) Plan review process.
The following criteria shall be used by the commissioner to determine the acceptability of a municipal agricultural and farmland protection plan:
(1) the consistency of the plan with State agricultural and farmland protection plans, policies and objectives; State environmental plans, policies, and objectives; and State comprehensive plans, policies, and objectives;
(2) the consistency of the plan with county and municipal plans, policies, and objectives which the plan could affect;
(3) the practicality of the plan (i.e., the extent to which it can reasonably be expected to meet the identified municipality goal[s] for agricultural and farmland protection);
(4) the extent to which the plan satisfies the analytical factors addressed under section 324-a of the Agriculture and Markets Law;
(5) the adequacy of substantiating date, information, and facts;
(6) the cost implications of the protection measures identified in the plan (i.e., what can be accomplished recognizing limited State/local funding mechanisms in view of the public benefit to be derived from protection of agriculture and agricultural lands); and
(7) whether the municipal legislative body has approved the plan.
1 CRR-NY 390.4
Current through May 15, 2021
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