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When Local Food is Illegal: Keeping Zoning Farm- Friendly

This webinar discusses how communities can make sure local zoning codes and regulations can help and not hinder the development of local economies based on growing food. Real examples of zoning that unintentionally stalled agriculture and how local communities remedied the situation will be discussed as well as how to conduct a review of town and county codes.

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When Local Food is Illegal: Keeping Zoning Farm- Friendly

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David Church, Orange County Planning Department
David Church is Commissioner of Planning for Orange County, New York.  Appointed to this position in 2002, he oversees land use, planning, open space preservation, tourism, and grant units of County government as well as the County Water Authority, and the County Transportation Council (or MPO).   Previously he was Executive Director of the Albany-based New York Planning Federation.  He has also held positions with The Catskill Center and the Conservation Foundation/World Wildlife Fund. Early in his career he was a partner in Landscape Studies specializing in environmental impact assessment.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, he is a graduate of Hamilton College.  He lives with his wife and two children in the Town of Shawangunk, New York where he served three terms as a member of the Planning Board.   He is also a board member of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, and is the current Board President for the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation.

Todd M. Erling, Executive Director Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation
With an academic background in environmental design and sustainable planning from Miami University and the Pratt Institute, years of experience in community and economic development, and growing up in the family orchards Todd brings a holistic approach to agri-business development. Todd lives on his wife’s family farm in Southern Columbia County and has hands-on knowledge of the challenges to the Valley’s agriculture while applying practical Economic Development programs and projects to protect and preserve open space by keeping farmers in business. Todd has focused on completing agri-business projects with beneficial impact for local farmers throughout the region.

With HVADC’s Board of Directors he has developed the Hudson Valley’s first regional organization to focus on the needs of agribusiness by applying traditional economic development assistance programs and expertise. Since the fall of 2006 HVADC has successfully established working partnerships with the economic development agencies of Columbia, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties.

He is currently a member of the Columbia County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Senator Gillibrand’s Agricultural Working Group, Congressman Gibson’s Agricultural Advisory Board, the NYS Hudson River Estuary Management Advisory Committee, the Hudson Mohawk Resource Conservation and Development Council Board of Directors, the Columbia County Water District Board of Commissioners, the Hudson Valley Agriculture Partnership Steering Committee, the Columbia County Bounty Board of Directors, and is the Livingston Town Coordinator for the Southern Columbia County Keep Farming Project.

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