One of the most important benefits of the Agricultural Districts Program is the opportunity provided farmland owners to receive real property assessments based on the value of their land for agricultural production rather than on its development value.
The Cayuga County Agriculture & Farmland Protection Plan was adopted by the County Legislature on August 26, 2014. The plan was approved by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets on November 7, 2014.
There are many tools and strategies available to local land use officials including special zoning and subdivision techniques, comprehensive and infrastructure planning considerations, local right-to-farm laws, and lease or transfer of development rights schemes.
A Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) is a voluntary legal agreement, or conservation easement, that restricts all future non-farm development while encouraging farming, forestry, and other land uses that are compatible with agriculture