The Orange County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board (AFPB) would like to inform you that the Annual Agricultural District Review for Orange County Agricultural Districts 1 and 2 is quickly approaching, with the open enrollment period being Thurs., Mar. 1 to Fri., Mar. 30. During the annual review, properties may be added to the Agricultural Districts. Additional information related to the Annual Agricultural District Review is available on the Orange County website at https://www.orangecountygov.com/266/Annual-Enrollment.
As you may know, the State Legislature enacted the Agricultural Districts Law to conserve, protect and encourage the development and improvement of agricultural lands for the production of food and to conserve them as valued natural and ecological resources. Please note that under New York State Agricultural and Markets Law, the threshold requirements for lands to be included in the district is very low. A landowner need only show that the lands are predominantly viable agricultural land and that there is a business plan for a farm operation. Unlike the requirements for agricultural assessment, the lands need not be actively farmed, nor must they meet the income requirements to qualify for inclusion in the agricultural district.
Family Central is sponsoring “A Community Conversation on Fri., Mar. 9 at 7 p.m. with a panel discussion of the Opioid Crisis facilitated by Family Central founder Beverly Braxton. This important discussion will be held at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. Registration is required.
A public hearing entitled “Chapter 73 Carry-out Bags” will be continued on Thurs., Mar. 8 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall. The local law can be viewed at www.townofwarwick.org.
A public hearing entitled “Acquisition of Development Rights” will be held on Thurs., Mar. 8 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Mar. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.