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REVIEW IS UNDER WAY FOR AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT

The 40,685-acre Perrysburg-Dayton-Leon Agricultural District began an eight-year review Friday and could expand its boundaries as the result of the 30-day comment period now under way.

Municipalities, state agencies and landowners in or near the district may propose a modification in writing through Dec. 12. The public may view the district map at the county's Office of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism in the County Center, 303 Court St.

Proposals for modifications should be sent to the county clerk or to the clerk of the County Legislature at 303 Court St., Little Valley, NY 14755-1028.

The proposed modifications will be reviewed by the Cattaraugus County Planning Board and the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, then the County Legislature will hold a public hearing. Recommendations to protect and enhance agricultural lands for continued use as farmland also will be reviewed.

Among the benefits of inclusion in the district are special agricultural value assessments for property tax purposes, protections against local restrictions, limitations on eminent domain proceedings and spending of public funds for construction projects in a district and protections against private nuisance suits involving farming practices.

For more information on the county's agricultural districts, visit the Web site www.cattco.org and click on Advance Planning, Agricultural Districts and Farmland Protection, Agricultural Districts Status Report. Modifications also may be provided to David P. Paoletta, Senior Planner, at 938-9111, Ext. 2320, or by e-mail at DPPaoletta@cattco.org.

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