October 30, 2009, Press Release: Farmland Protection Plan Public Information Sessions

PRESS RELEASE

       
Re:  Farmland Protection Plan Public Information Sessions

       
Date:  October 30, 2009
 

      The Towns of Bethel, Liberty, Callicoon and Delaware are seeking public comment on their recently drafted Farmland Protection Plans.  All town residents are invited to join in discussions of the plans at two upcoming public information sessions. The Towns of Bethel and Liberty will hold their session on Tuesday, November 17th at the Liberty Middle School Cafeteria at 7:30 pm. The Towns of Callicoon and Delaware will hold their session on Thursday, November 19th at the Town of Callicoon Town Hall at 7:00 pm. The plans are currently in draft form, and members of the public, especially farmers and agri-businesses, are urged to give their input before the plans are finalized and adopted by the Town Boards. 

      The farmland protection planning committees have been working for over a year to develop these plans, with the help of several state and local agencies and other organizations. At each session, Nan Stolzenburg, a consultant with Community Planning and Environmental Associates, will give a brief presentation on the plans, which advocate for a variety of economic, educational, governmental, regulatory, and other actions that the Towns can take to protect farms and farmland, and promote agriculture as a critical part of local life. Following this presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer their thoughts on the plans. Each Town’s plan is available for view at its Town Hall and main library, and all four plans are available at the Sullivan County Planning Division Office and online at www.co.sullivan.ny.us and www.planningbetterplaces.com.  

      The project is made possible through a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. 

      For more information or to register for either session, please contact the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management at 845-807-0527. To learn more about the planning process, visit www.planningbetterplaces.com and click the link for the Client Pages.

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