Agricultural Resources

Agricultural Districts

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 districts, the previously mentioned benefits must be preserved.

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.

The county is in the process of consolidating from nine (9) to one (1) district.

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

Click here for a current copy of 25AA
Click here for guidance documents prepared by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets regarding the impact of ag district on local laws.
Notice of public hearing for review of Wayne County Consolidated Agricultural District No. 3
The following links are to the New York State Office of Real Property Services and explain some of the agricultural exemptions available to farmers.
Ag Buildings- assessments
Limited use buildings
Temporary greenhouses
Historic barns
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