Caz, Nelson to draft Farmland Protection Plans

Farmers, farmland owners, business operators and residents are invited to attend a public informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in Nelson Town Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the findings and recommendations of the draft Farmland Protection Plans for the two towns.

The towns’ planning consultant will present an overview of the findings and recommendations and answer questions.

The plan identifies those areas in the two towns that have high quality agricultural soils that are suitable for agricultural production.

Policies and recommendations encourage the long-term protection of farmland, farm-friendly development regulations, agriculture-related economic development and tourism and increased public awareness of the importance of agriculture to the community.

Drafts of the plans are on the town of Nelson website townofnelson-ny.com and at the Nelson and Cazenovia town halls.

For the past year, the towns of Nelson and Cazenovia have been working cooperatively with the town of Lincoln to document farmland resources in the towns and to identify potential strategies and recommend actions to support agriculture and protect farmland.

Steering committees, including farmers, local officials and landowners from each of the three towns, have been coordinating the planning efforts.

The workshop on Wednesday is the third in a series to support the Farmland Protection Plan. Later this summer, the Nelson and Cazenovia town boards will hold individual public hearings on their draft plans and request formal approval from the Madison County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board before the plans are submitted to the commissioner of agriculture for final approval.

The plans are funded in part by Towns jointly received a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.

For more information, contact Laura Lines, of the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association, at 655-7651 or Barbara Johnston of Stuart I. Brown Associates at (585) 295-6636.

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