senate Bill S6360A

Signed by Governor

Authorizes the creation of an agricultural district with two hundred fifty acres

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor
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  • 21 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6360A
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1256
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO WAYS AND MEANS
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED FOR A8026A
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING RULES CAL.152
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED ASSEMBLY
  • 11 / Jun / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 10 / Nov / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO GOVERNOR
  • 21 / Nov / 2014
    • SIGNED CHAP.463

Summary

Authorizes the creation of an agricultural district with two hundred fifty acres or at least ten per cent of the land proposed to be included in the district, whichever is greater; decreases the amount from five hundred acres to two hundred fifty acres.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8026A
Versions:
S6360
S6360A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง303, Ag & Mkts L

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BILL NUMBER:S6360A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to agricultural districts

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To lower the threshold for creation
of an Agricultural District from 500 acres to 250 acres.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends subdivision 1 of Section 303
of the Agriculture and Markets Law to lower the threshold for creation
of an Agricultural District from 500 acres to 250 acres.

JUSTIFICATION: The Constitution of the State of New York directs the
legislature to protect agricultural lands which are an economic and
environmental resource of major importance. In the early 1970s, the
legislature passed the Agricultural Districts Law to provide a
locally-initiated mechanism for the protection and enhancement of New
York's agricultural lands.

The Agricultural Districts Law authorizes the creation of local
Districts to encourage and protect farming by assessing farmland based
on its agricultural value rather than market value. In addition, the
Law provides protection against overly restrictive local laws,
government funded acquisition or construction projects, and private
nuisance suits involving agricultural practices in the districts.

As the demand for local food by consumers, restaurants, schools and
other institutions grows, there has been increased interest in
maintaining and encouraging farms within suburban and even urban
communities. Development pressure, high land prices, and dense
population in these areas can threaten the continued existence of
farms. Agricultural District protections in some of our more developed
counties are not attainable because there is not sufficient farmland
acreage to meet the current requirements of the Agricultural Districts
Law, due to the significant loss of farms and farmland over the past
30 years.

This bill would update the current threshold for creating an
Agricultural District to reflect the changes in farming that have
occurred and would support the desire of the public to maintain and
grow the number of farms within their communities. All of the other
existing provisions of the law, such as local input and county and
state approval would remain in place.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after
it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6360--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, CARLUCCI, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agricul-
  ture  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to agricul-
  tural districts

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 303 of the agriculture and markets
law,  as  amended by chapter 357 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read
as follows:
  1. Any owner or owners of land may submit a  proposal  to  the  county
legislative  body  for  the  creation of an agricultural district within
such county, provided that such owner  or  owners  own  at  least  [five
hundred]  TWO  HUNDRED  FIFTY acres or at least ten per cent of the land
proposed to be included in the  district,  whichever  is  greater.  Such
proposal shall be submitted in such manner and form as may be prescribed
by  the  commissioner,  shall  include  a  description  of  the proposed
district, including a map delineating the  exterior  boundaries  of  the
district  which  shall conform to tax parcel boundaries, and the tax map
identification numbers for every parcel in the  proposed  district.  The
proposal  may  recommend  an  appropriate review period of either eight,
twelve or twenty years.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11473-02-4

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