Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced that, due to the volume of requests from Grand Island property owners to receive agricultural district status, he has arranged for the hearing to be held in the town. The county is holding the hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road.
"There has been a surge in requests from Grand Island property owners to join the Erie County Agricultural District. These hearings are an important part of the application process and I thought it made the most sense to hold this hearing on Grand Island to accommodate the applicants," said Hardwick.
The board recommends which properties to be added as an agricultural district and the legislature acts on these recommendations. Agricultural district law helps land owners who are thinking of farming or who have a full farm enterprise to have certain protections, set by New York state law, to be able to farm without unreasonable restrictions from government.
To review the list of applicants, visit Hardwick's website at www.erie.gov/legislature/district04. Anyone wishing to comment for or against any of the properties is welcome to speak at the hearing.