Agricultural District Program




Please Take Notice, That in accordance with Article 25 AA of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law, the Board of Supervisors has undertaken a review of the current Ontario County Agricultural District 1 located in Towns of Bristol, Canadice, Canandaigua, East Bloomfield, Farmington, Hopewell, Richmond, Victor, and West Bloomfield, the City of Canandaigua and the Village of Bloomfield; and 

Please Take Notice, Ontario County proposes to consolidate Ontario County Agricultural Districts 6, 8, and 9 into Consolidated Agricultural District 1 as part of the review process; 

Please Take Notice, That Ontario County is proposing modifications to Consolidated Agricultural District 1 by adding 88 parcels totaling 3,199 acres and removing 32 parcels totaling 821 acres based on this review; and 

Please Take NoticeThat the Ontario County Agricultural Enhancement Board recommends that 1) The parcels proposed to be added to and removed from Consolidated Agricultural District 1 are consistent with Article 25 AA of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303 a. related to maintaining viable agricultural land and that the modifications should be made; and 2) The District has achieved its original objectives and should be continued; and

Please Take Notice, That such review and consolidation  requires a public hearing pursuant to Article 25 AA of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law Section 303-a. and c. be held for the purpose of hearing comments on the consolidation, the continuance of the District and any modifications proposed thereto; and  

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, That this notice, the Draft 2020 Consolidated Agricultural District 1 Review Report, the listing of parcels proposed for addition or removal from the District, a map of the proposed District, and the Short Environmental Assessment Form prepared pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) and its implementing regulations found at 6 NYCRR Part 617 for this Unlisted Action,  are available for review and are on file and open for public inspection in the Office of the Ontario County Clerk, Office of the Clerk Towns of Bristol, Canandaigua, Canadice, East Bloomfield, Farmington, Geneva, Gorham, Hopewell, Manchester, Naples, Phelps, Richmond, Seneca, South Bristol, Victor and West Bloomfield, the Cities of Canandaigua and Geneva, and the Villages of Clifton Springs, Naples and Phelps ; and 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, That a public hearing on the review, modifications, and  recertification  of Consolidated Agricultural District 1, the consolidation of Agricultural Districts 6, 8, and 9 into Consolidated Agricultural District 1 and any potential environmental impacts associated with this action is scheduled for 6:30pm on Thursday, January 28, at 74 Ontario Street, 2nd Floor Board Room, Canandaigua, NY 14424 and via WebEx at ) (The meeting code is 179 658 5884 and the meeting password is BOS2021. Call in using phone number 1-408-418-9388.)

Dated:  Canandaigua, New York

January 15, 2021 

Kristin Mueller, Clerk

Board of Supervisors of Ontario County





If you have questions contact:  

Maria Rudzinski, Senior Planner, Ontario County Planning Department 585-396-4416 or Email Maria.

Proposed Consolidation Agricultural District 1 Map

For information on the  NYS Agricultural Property Tax Exemption Program:

NYS Agricultural District Program Information

The State Legislature enacted the New York Agricultural Districts law, Article 25-AA of the Agriculture & Markets Law PDF, in 1971 to protect and promote the availability of land for farming purposes. Subsequent amendments have broadened its scope and protections for farmer.

The purpose of agricultural districts is to encourage and promote the continued use of farmland for agricultural production. The Program is based on a combination of landowner incentives and protections, all of which are designed to forestall the conversion of farmland to non-agricultural uses. Benefits that properties in State-certified Agricultural Districts receive are partial real property tax relief (agricultural assessment and special benefit assessments), and protections against overly restrictive local laws, government funded acquisition or construction projects, and private nuisance suits involving agricultural practices.

The law provides for a locally initiated mechanism at the county level in the creation, modification and approval of Agricultural Districts. Accordingly, counties manage the preliminary stages of creation or modification of an Agricultural District. Thereafter, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets certifies that a district meets the purpose and intent of the Agricultural District Law after the county submits a resolution approving or modifying a district.

For more information click here: NYS Agricultural District Program


The Department provides a number of guideline documents related  to a wide variety of topics regarding local land use regulation and agricultural operations in an Agricultural District.  They are available through the state website which you can access through the following link:  NY Agricultural District Guideline Documents

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Confusion with:
 NYS Agricultural Property Tax Exemption Program

 Inclusion in an NYS Agricultural District and obtaining an agricultural property tax exemption from the local assessor are easily confused. A landowner must still file an application with the local assessor for an agricultural exemption whether or not a parcel is in a certified Agricultural District. For information about the NYS agricultural property tax exemption program click here or contact your local assessor who is responsible for this program.

How do I find out if a parcel of land is in a NYS certified Agricultural District?

  1. Check the parcel lists included in the Agricultural District report.

    You will need to have the tax map number of the parcel. Note: Tax map numbers change when subdivisions take place.  It is possible that you may not find your parcel number in the list if it changed since the report was prepared.  Check the OnCOR map to make sure.  
  2. Check Ontario County’s Online Resources (OnCOR) .  

    You can search for specific parcel information regarding inclusion in an agricultural district with either the tax map number of the parcel, property address or by finding it on the digital map. Link to OnCOR

Once you located your parcel:

  1. Under Layers, make sure "Operational Layers" is checked "on"
  2. Select (check "on") "Environmental Info and then select "Agricultural Districts".  Parcels in the District are shaded.

You can also create a "Parcel Report" which will include information regarding inclusion in a district.

My land is in an Agricultural Zoning District in my town.  Is that the same as being in a certified Agricultural Zoning District?

This is an excellent question. The NYS Agricultural District program is frequently confused with local zoning districts which are created by towns, villages, or cities.   Municipalities regulate how land is used through creation of zoning regulations that are applied to different areas of the locality.  These areas are “zoning districts” and are mapped according to local law. 

Many localities, particularly in rural areas, name zoning districts, Agricultural – 1 or 2.  (A-1, or A-2) and will appear that way on the map. For more information on your zoning laws contact your Municipality .

There is no relationship between a parcel being included in a zoning district or in a NYS-certified Agricultural District unless the local zoning law specifically states that all parcels in a NYS certified Agricultural District are included in a particular zoning district.  

Landowners must request that their land be included or removed from a NYS certified district, whereas, inclusion in a zoning district is done by local elected board action.

How do I add or remove my land from a NYS-Certified Agricultural District?

  • Annual Agricultural District Enrollment Period

    Landowners can request that their land be added to an Agricultural District during Ontario County’s annual enrollment  period.  Land cannot be removed during this period. For 2020 only, the annual enrollment period is July 1 - August 15, 2020. For more information go to: Annual Enrollment
  • Eight-Year Agricultural District Review Process 

    Each Agricultural District must be recertified by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on an eight year cycle.  During this period, landowners can request their land be added or removed from an Agricultural District. 
    • Notice of the review process is provided by legal notice.  Ontario County also sends individual notices to all landowners in the District whose land is currently in the District or appears to be in agricultural use by a review of aerial photos or agricultural tax exemption records.
    • For more information on the NYS Review process go  NYS Agricultural District Law Sec. 303.
    • NOTE:  Land can only be removed from the Agricultural District during the eight year review program.