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Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

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Genesee County Farmland Protection Plan TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1 INTRODUCTION 3 BACKGROUND 5 New York State Agriculture and Farmland Protection Initiatives 5 Agricultural Districts Tax Relief Right-to-Farm Provisions Purchase of Development Rights Program County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Boards Advisory Council on Agriculture FINDINGS 15 Land Use Planning Techniques to Protect Farmland 15 Comprehensive Plans Zoning Subdivision Regulations Mitigation Techniques Transfer of Development Rights Variations on a Theme - Selected Case Studies 20 Tackling Agricultural Viability in Massachusetts California’s ‘Williamson Act’ Districts Strategic Mapping in Delaware Responding Quickly to Save Critical Farms in Carroll County, Maryland Farmland Mitigation in the West Urban Growth Boundaries in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Country PDR Funding Innovations in Howard County, Maryland Cooperative Planning for Farmland Retention in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) in Genesee County 25 PDR Program Issues Setting Priorities Agricultural Conservation Easements Determining Easement Value Program Costs Stewardship and Monitoring Interview Results: What is the community thinking? 30

ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 31 Current Conditions 31 Recommendations 32 APPENDIX Appendix I Appendix II Appendix III Appendix IV Appendix V Appendix VI Appendix VII Appendix VIII PDR – Eligibility Criteria and Ranking Formula PDR – Tax and Estate Planning Implications for Farmers Massachusetts Agriculture Viability Program Application and Covenant Document Delaware’s Strategic Mapping Criteria Carroll County, Maryland – Critical Farms Program Application and Option Contract Farmland Mitigation Davis County, California Ordinance King County, Washington Comprehensive Plan excerpt Installment Purchase Agreements for PDR Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Excerpt from Holding Our Ground

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    Methods The methods used to prepare

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    Farm Income Strength Keeps Farmers

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