St. Lawrence County Planning Office
Agricultural Disctricts 1 & 2
There are two Agricultural Districts located in St. Lawrence County. District 1 includes the towns of DeKalb, DePeyster, Edwards, Fowler, Gouverneur, Hammond, Hermon, Macomb, Morristown, Oswegatchie, Pitcairn, Rossie and Russell. District 2 includes Brasher, Canton, Hopkinton, Lawrence, Lisbon, Louisville, Madrid, Massena, Norfolk, Oswegatchie, Parishville, Pierrepont, Potsdam, Russell, Stockholm, and Waddington. The towns of Oswegatchie and Russell are divided between both districts.
The Benefits of Being in an Ag District
Farmers who include their property in an ag district receive protections from new non-farm land uses that are developed next to their land, and the NYS Agricultural Districts Law prevents local laws from unreasonably restricting farm operations that are located in the district.
County Accepting Applications to Add Property to Ag Districts 1 and 2
From March 1st to March 30th, St. Lawrence County will accept applications to add property to Agricultural Districts 1 and 2. Established in 1973, the County's Ag Districts contain more than 590,000 acres and are intended to protect farmland and farming activities. At least 51% of this property consists of viable agricultural lands. Agricultural District 1 primarily consists of agricultural lands in the western and southern portions of the county, and Agricultural District 2 spans across the county's northern and eastern regions.
Landowners seeking to add property to an ag district must submit an inclusion form to the County Planning Office. All requests for inclusion must be received or postmarked no later than March 30th of each year.
Public Hearing to Comment on Requests to Add Property to Ag Districts 1 and 2
Two public hearings will be also held to give the public the opportunity to comment on the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board’s recommendation to the Board of Legislators on the requested modifications to the District. The hearing dates and locations are as follows:
- Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Massena Town Hall, located at 60 Main Street in Massena; and
- Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 226 of the County Courthouse, located at 48 Court Street in Canton.
Request to add property to an ag district will be considered at this time. Requests to remove land are accepted only during an ag district's eight-year review period. The next eight year review for Ag District 1 is 2016.
More information about the benefits of being in an ag district can be found in the attached fact sheet, or by visiting the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets website.