May 3 hearing to consider ag district additions

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WHITESTOWN — The public will have the opportunity early next month to comment on proposed land additions to agricultural districts.

The public hearing will be held May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension offices, 121 Second St.

Up for consideration are
37 parcels, covering nearly
1,352 acres, in the towns of Augusta, Ava, Kirkland, Lee, Marcy, New Hartford, Remsen, Trenton, Verona and
Whitestown.

The county’s Farmland Protection Board is waiting on additional information for several other applications. That information should be provided at the public hearing.

The open enrollment period is held in January. Farmland Protection Board members review the applications, hold a public hearing and make recommendations to the Oneida County Board of Legislators.

The board’s recommendations are available for review at the county Planning Department at Union Station, 321 Main St., Utica.

When a property is in an agricultural district, certain protections are extended that would otherwise not be available to that parcel. State Ag and Markets law prohibits unreasonably restrictive regulations on farm operations in an agricultural district unless the entity can show that public health and safety is threatened.

Farm operations are exempt from certain regulations that are considered unreasonably resistive to their farming activities,
officials said

The seven agriculture districts in the county consist of two to three towns each and include a combined 172,069 acres.

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