LIVINGSTON COUNTY — A public hearing will be held regarding the proposed renewal and modification of the Livingston County Agricultural District in September.
The Livingston County Board of Supervisors will hold this public hearing on Wednesday September 25, at 1:35 p.m. and at that time all that are interested are welcome to be heard by the Board of Supervisors.
“This is a property owner driven program, in other words a right to farm program,” said Heather Ferrero, County Planner for the Livingston County Planning Department.
The proposed Agricultural District consists of approximately 67,383.50 acres that are located in the Towns of Avon, Conesus, Geneseo, Groveland, Lima, and Livonia.
The Agricultural District renews every eight years, and farmers have the right to renew their land being in the district or add or remove their land from the district.
“Being in the district gives farmers protection in regards to their land,” said Ferrero.
According to Ferrero, having land in the district gives protection to landowners against things like neighbor lawsuits due to sound, sight, and smell. It is also protection against overly restrictive zoning laws.
There are two restrictions when having land in the district. First, new building lots can’t have access into public water. Second, if a landowner wants to combine parcels of land they either have to both be in the district or both out of the district.
Common reasons to chose to not be apart of the Agricultural District include, development plans, change in ownership, and agricultural tax exemptions for the town the landowner resides in.
“This is just a formal presentation to the Board of Supervisors that presents a renewal that has been developing since May,” said Ferrero.