Agricultural Districts Press Release Jan. 2015

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s first agricultural district in 1973 after agricultural districts were made a legal entity in the state via the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. Agricultural districts offer the following benefits to farmers: 1) an agricultural land use assessment, 2) limitations on special use district taxation and 3) NYS Right to Farm legislation. When contemplating modifications to county

Wayne County’s original agricultural district maps, in several instances, do not display tax parcel-specific boundaries. By law, agricultural district boundaries must be updated to reflect entire tax parcel boundaries. Currently, a number of agricultural district boundaries bisect whole tax parcels and in some examples merely follow allotted setbacks. On June 20, 2008, the Wayne County Board of Supervisors voted to consolidate all agricultural districts into a single district known as Wayne County Agricultural District #1 with the next review in 2016.

Properties that are actively farmed, but not included in the Agricultural District may be enrolled in the District each January. Click Here to get your Annual Enrollment Form. Contact Wayne County Planning for more information at (315) 946-5919.

Open Enrollment Documents

Click on the links below to access individual Town maps of the Agricultural District #1.

The Ag Development Board is involved in administration of the NYS Agricultural Districts.

Click here for a Current copy of Ag District Law 25AA

The following links are to the New York State Office of Real Property Services and explain some of the agricultural exemptions available to farmers.

The following are guidance documents relating to agricultural districts:

Animal Control

Composting Guidelines

Nutrient Management Guidelines

Open Burning Guidelines

Farm Housing

Farm Markets


Local Laws and Ag District Pamphlet

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