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(Canandaigua, NY) – Canandaigua Town Supervisor Pamela Helming is pleased to announce jointly with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Senator Michael Nozzolio (55th Senate District), NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (131st Assembly District), and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets; the Town of Canandaigua has been awarded an Agricultural and Farmland Protection Program planning grant.
The Town of Canandaigua was one of only six municipalities in the State of New York to receive funding in the most recent round of Agricultural and Farmland Protection Planning grants. The $ 25,000 grant will be used to develop a Town of Canandaigua Farmland Enhancement Program designed to create a roadmap for Farmland protection, and the promotion of Agricultural products in the Town of Canandaigua.
“Agriculture has been an integral part of the Town of Canandaigua since formation,” said Helming. “During the past 12 months, the Town of Canandaigua has been very successful in the preservation and promotion of agriculture. Last fall the Town of Canandaigua, jointly with Finger Lakes Land Trust, was successful in one the largest grants in the State of New York for Agriculture Protection through the Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR) or Farmland Protection Implementation Grant for Catalpa Farms.”
The Town of Canandaigua is one of the leading municipalities in the region showcasing a population increase of 25.1% or greater according to the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council from the previous census. Meanwhile, the Town of Canandaigua is also very fortunate to have many farmlands containing soils of “statewide importance” and “prime soils”.
“We are very fortunate to live in the Finger Lakes, the bread-basket of the State of New York,” said Senator Michael Nozzolio. “Supervisor Pam Helming and the Canandaigua Town Board are helping to lead the way in the promotion and preservation of Agriculture, while striking a balance with development.”
“Farmland protection is essential for our local farmers and our agricultural industry to thrive now and into the future,” said Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb. “This funding will help ensure our farmers are able to produce foods and products that bolster our local economy. This is an important and necessary investment in Canandaigua’s agriculture.”
“I congratulate the Town’s success in receiving this grant to continue its highly successful efforts at protecting its valuable agricultural land and agricultural operations,” said Tom Harvey, Director of the Ontario County Planning Department. “We look forward to assisting the Town in any way we can in updating its farmland protection plan. The Town should be commended in its efforts to ensure the continuing viability of agriculture as they recognize the benefits of open space and rural character that agriculture contributes to the high quality of life in the Town of Canandaigua and Ontario County.”
Agriculture accounts for 42.12% of the lands located in the Town of Canandaigua (Ontario County) comprising some 14,777 acres. It is estimated that the annual sale of agricultural products yield an annual impact of $252 million to the local economy in Ontario County.
“The Town of Canandaigua Farmland Enhancement Program will focus on several key points including: farmland protection, identification of farms for possible protection programs, identification of key agriculture enhancement factors, sensible water and sewer planning, and review of existing zoning,” said Doug Finch, Director of Development for the Town of Canandaigua. “As part of the program, we will look to utilize an Agricultural Plan Steering Committee through to work in cooperation with our Comprehensive Plan workgroup or CIC.”
The concept of the Canandaigua Farmland Enhancement Program was identified in 2014 as part of the work conducted by the Citizen’s Implementation Committee (CIC) to fully implement the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The Town of Canandaigua’s Comprehensive Plan prioritizes Agriculture Resource protection and promotion in the first two goals. The CIC has been working for the past year to review the plan’s action steps and fully implement those goals identified.
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