Recognizing the importance of agriculture to the Towns of Homer, Preble and Scott, the leadership in the three towns discussed applying to New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for funding to develop a Joint Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan (AFPP) in 2007. The purpose of an AFPP is for the community to document the importance of local farms, challenges facing local farmers and develop strategies that the three towns can implement including drafting language revisions to each town’s zoning and subdivision ordinances. The request for funding was awarded in 2008. American Farmland Trust was hired in 2009 as a consultant to the three towns for the purpose of developing the AFPP.
The draft provided on this site is the result of the Steering Committee and others which provide an in depth study of the agricultural resources as they currently exist. There are numerous maps, tables and charts contained in the plan. In addition to this research; members of all three towns were interviewed to gain a better understanding of their vision for agriculture in the three towns and input was sought through several public meetings.
Prior to each town adopting the draft AFPP, public meetings will be held in each town to seek resident’s input. Please contact your Town Office to see when a meeting is scheduled for your town.
Towns of Homer, Preble & Scott Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan (DRAFT)
Piece 3: Section VII – Vision, Goals, Recommendations and Actions [PDF]