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New York State Statutes that Provide for the Protection of Agricultural Lands

New York
Urban | Suburban | Rural
Michael Morea’s article reviews different New York State statutes and different methods that can be implemented to preserve farmland and still allow development. The author concludes that New York State is trying to carry out its Constitutional policy of preserving farmland, but that the statutes are largely separated and it is difficult for the municipality to create a effective policy. Some of the statutes that the author discovered provide tax breaks and financial incentives for the creation of easements restricting the land to agricultural use and the creation of comprehensive zoning plans with agricultural areas and the adoption of cluster development to allow development but to preserve the maximum amount of open land.