Oneida County Unveils Ag-Friendly Municipal Guide
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. released an updated and refreshed “Agriculture-Friendly Oneida County” municipal planning guide, a document that aids local towns in developing comprehensive plans and policies, establishing agricultural districts, receiving agricultural assessments and setting up land use regulations.
The updated document addresses the changing agricultural landscape as it pertains to renewable energy, including the use of agricultural land for solar arrays and other renewable energy uses.
“Agriculture is the biggest industry in Oneida County and assisting our municipalities in how to capitalize and develop this industry responsibly and effectively has always been a top priority,” Picente said. “This update to our Ag-Friendly municipal planning guide will continue to put our towns in the position to best utilize their assets, especially as we face a changing
For a copy of Agriculture-Friendly Oneida County June 2021 CLICK HERE
In 2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County, with the support of New York's Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Oneida County Planning Department, lead a process of updating Oneida County's Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. named a Farmland Protection Planning Task Force to develop and propose an updated Plan. After a series of public meetings around the county and a public hearing, the Oneida County Board of Legislators adopted the Plan in June 2017.
For a copy of the 2017 Oneida County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan CLICK HERE
The Oneida County Farmland Protection Board is an eleven member board that was established by the Oneida County Legislature. The board advises the legislative body concerning Agriculture District creation, modification, continuation or termination. They review and comment on Notices of Intent, acquisition of an interest in land and/or construction of water/sewer facilities within an agricultural district, assess and approve county Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plans, and can request the commission of Ag & Mkts to review any state agency rules and regulations that effect agricultural activities.
Chair: Brymer Humphreys
George Joseph, County Legislator
James J. Genovese II, Planning Commissioner
Kathy Pilbeam, Director of Real Property Tax Service
Roger Crary, Oneida County Soil & Water Representative
Marty Broccoli, CCE AED Specialist
Michael J. Cosgrove
Last updated February 15, 2022