St. Lawrence County property owners have until March 30 to request adding land to agricultural district
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 6:04 am

The St. Lawrence County Planning Office would like to remind property owners that the last day to request adding land to an agricultural district is Saturday, March 30.

There are two agricultural districts in St. Lawrence County that primarily span across the St. Lawrence Valley and were created to protect farmland and farming activities.

The County’s agricultural districts can help protect sound farming activities from nuisance lawsuits and unreasonable land use regulations.

Requests to add land to an ag district will be reviewed by the County’s Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board at their April 4th meeting at 7:30 pm in Canton.

The Ag and Farmland Protection Board will examine if the land is classified as agricultural by the local assessor; if the property receives an agricultural exemption; if the land is farmed or part of a farm operation based on aerial imagery; and if the farmland is consistent with local land use regulations.

The Ag Board will then make a recommendation to the County Board of Legislators on whether to accept the recommended additions.

A public hearing to receive comments on the Ag and Farmland Protection Board’s recommendation will be held on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in the planning office, which is located on the 2nd floor of the Public Safety Complex in Canton.

All requests must be postmarked or received no later than March 30, 2018. To obtain a form, or for more information, contact Matilda Larson at the St. Lawrence County Planning Office at 315-379-2292, or email [email protected].