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Local Planning Official Training Opportunity


Ontario County Planning Department and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

present : NYS Agricultural Districts and Local Planning & Zoning   

How Do They Relate?


Thursday, January 18, 2018

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Presenter: Robert Somers, Ph.D.

Manager, Farmland Protection Unit

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets


Ontario County Safety Training Facility

2914 County Road 48

Canandaigua, NY 14424 (CR 48 is across from Ontario County Complex on CR 46)


Counties, towns and villages in New York State have broad powers to enact laws to govern land use. However, State laws impose certain restrictions on local government authority. One such restriction is found in Section 305-a of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law which contains the following mandate:


“Local governments, when exercising their powers to enact and administer comprehensive plans and local laws, ordinances, rules or regulations, shall exercise these powers in such manner as may realize the policy and goals set forth in this article [Article 25-AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law], and shall not unreasonably restrict or regulate farm operations within agricultural districts in contravention of the purposes of this article unless it can be shown that the public health or safety is threatened.”


This provision is challenging for local code enforcement, planning and zoning officials, and farmers to understand and apply.   This session will address the complicated issues related to balancing local land use authority and regulating farm operations on land in a NYS certified Agricultural District.


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Seating is limited.


TO REGISTER:  Email  Phone:  Deborah Henderson: 585-396-4455      ; Fax 585-393-2960.  Please provide the following information:   Name, Email, Phone Number, Local Board (you serve on), Municipality and County.  A certificate will be provided to participants at the end of the workshop.



Cancellation Due to Inclement Weather: Notice will be posted by Noon, January 18th on the Ontario County website:

3750 County Road 6, 
Geneva, New York 14456