Eight Year Review
Update on 2020 Eight Year Ag District Review
The public hearing for the Eight Year Agricultural District Review is currently scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. Although the public hearing would normally be held in the Legislative Chambers in the Orange County Government Center, this hearing will be held remotely via TEAMS this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details about the conference call telephone number and access code will be posted once they are available.
Every eight years, Orange County Agricultural Districts 1 and 2 are reviewed to determine if any parcels should be added or removed from the Districts. Properties may only be removed from the Agricultural Districts during the eight year review.
2020 Review Background
In 2020, the Annual Agricultural District Review is running concurrently with the Eight Year Review. While parcels can be added during an Annual Review, parcels can be both added and removed during the Eight Year Review. During the eight year review, the Orange County Legislature, the Orange County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB), the Orange County Division of Real Property and the Orange County Planning Department will work in conjunction with the municipalities that contain properties within one or both of the County Agricultural Districts to determine which properties no longer meet the requirements for inclusion in the District and/or will not be beneficial to the agricultural community to be included. These municipalities are listed below with links to their most recent Agricultural District maps. During the 2020 Agricultural District Review, the County is also proposing to consolidate the districts into one single district.
Agricultural District Maps
Below are the current maps of the Agricultural Districts, by municipality.
Both the Annual Review and the Eight Year Review processes are subject to public review and comment. Public notices have been posted in print media, online, and via physical postings throughout the County in order to alert the public of the Reviews. The County has also mailed the affected municipalities copies of maps showing both districts No. 1 and No. 2 as they currently exist (as of 2019) as well as the maps that show the recommendations for removals and additions.
Because the two Reviews are concurrent in 2020, the public hearing will provide opportunity for comment on both Reviews. This will be held by the Orange County Legislature on September 3, 2020 at 3:15 and will be held virtually using Microsoft TEAMS (details forthcoming).
However, it is recommended that members of the public submit comments to the Orange County Planning Department or the Orange County Legislature prior to the September 3 public hearing, as there may be time limits during the hearing due to the extensive nature of the proposed district modifications.
After the public hearing, the County Legislature will consider the public comments before sending its findings to the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets for review and certification. Once certified, the properties are immediately added or removed from Orange County agricultural district No. 1, which is proposed to be a consolidation of current districts No. 1 and No. 2.
If you have any questions, call Jennifer MacLeod at the Orange County Planning Department at 845-615-3840.