Town of Canandaigua Announces a Public Informational Meeting to Kick-off Agricultural Enhancement Plan
The Town of Canandaigua is preparing an Agricultural Enhancement Plan for the Town, assisted by a grant from the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets. Volunteer members of the Town’s Ag Team and Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee (CIC) are guiding the planning effort.
Farmers, landowners and residents are encouraged to attend a public informational meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Town Hall, 5440 Route 5 & 20, in the Lower Level Courtroom..
The meeting will address the following topics:
- How do farms in Canandaigua contribute to the regional economy?
- How does a healthy agricultural industry benefit the Town of Canandaigua?
- How can the Town support agriculture and help ensure that high quality farmland remains available for agricultural production?
- What will be included in the Town’s Agricultural Enhancement Plan and what will it accomplish?
The meeting will feature interactive exhibits and discussion about the current state and future of agriculture in the Town. The Town’s planning consultant, Barbara Johnston from LaBella Associates, will present maps of the agricultural resources in the Town and summarize the tools and techniques available to local governments to support agriculture. Participants will be encouraged to share their opinions about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to agriculture in the Town.
In addition to the public informational meeting, the Town has launched a public survey, which is available by clicking here. Although the survey is intended primarily for farmers and farmland owners, anyone interested in the future of agriculture in the Town may participate.
The Town expects to complete the Agricultural Enhancement Plan by the end of this year. Other events will include a forum on agricultural economic development in July and a public meeting to review the recommended strategies before the Final Plan is completed.
For more information, please contact: Doug Finch, Town of Canandaigua Director of Development at 394-1120 x.2234 or Barbara Johnston, LaBella Associates, at 295-6636.