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Farmland Preservation

The Nation's first (1974) purchase of development rights (PDR) program to preserve farmland, the Suffolk County Farmland program has seen 10,500 acres come into the program to date. Land stays in private ownership and the County acquires non-agricultural development rights. These rights are valued as the difference between the full market value of property for its "highest and best use" (full value) minus the value of the agricultural rights (residual value). The owner files property covenants similar to a conservation easement limiting the use of the property to agricultural production.

The department has further information on the program including an historical account, sample deed covenants, local law establishing selection procedures, structure approvals required in future, and maps locating PDR's in Suffolk County. The department also maintains maps and records for the Suffolk County Agricultural District program which affords farms protection under New York State "right-to-farm" laws.

Need help? Click here to watch a video on How to Extract a List of PDR Parcels From the Suffolk PDF Web App

Suffolk County Farmland PDR Parcels Viewer

For the full-page map, click here.

ATTENTION: New Suffolk County Purchase of Development Rights Program Application Procedure for Acquisitions and Permits
 
These are challenging and unprecedented times. To ensure the health and welfare of all, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning employees are working from home.  For the foreseeable future, we are asking all applicants to submit requests for the acquisition of development rights, agricultural development permits and special use permits electronically. All permits and acquisitions requests of ANY nature should be submitted electronically. This will be done through the link provided below. Unfortunately, application fees and checks must still be physically mailed. Please include a hard copy of your application with the check, as this will minimize any potential confusion when application fees are received. The Department will make arrangements to secure those physical mailings.
 
VERY IMPORTANT:  PLEASE NOTE IN THE FILENAME THE APPLICANT NAME. FOR EXAMPLE: AG DEVELOPMENT PERMIT JOHN JOHNSON
 
PLEASE E-MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:
Farmlan.3quxel85lyozu438@u.box.com

Suffolk County Planning & Environment Division's Publications:

Suffolk County Agricultural Districts Program:

These are challenging and unprecedented times. To ensure the health and welfare of all, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning employees are working from home. Through the remainder of the March, we are asking all applicants to submit requests for inclusion of predominately viable agricultural lands in certified agricultural districts electronically.

VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE IN THE FILENAME THE APPLICANT NAME. FOR EXAMPLE: AG DISTRICT APPLICATION JOHN JOHNSON

PLEASE E-MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:

Agricul.k087xo8t4u4b0lan@u.box.com


Benefits of Inclusion in an Agricultural District

NOTICE OF 2020
OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD

2020 ENROLLMENT APPLICATION

NOTICE OF 2020 PUBLIC MEETING
Suffolk County Agricultural
and Farmland Protection Board

2020 MEETING AGENDA - Suffolk County
Agricultural and Farmland
Protection Board

2020 NOTICE OF SPECIAL PUBLIC
MEETING – Suffolk County Agricultural and
Farmland Protection Board

2020 SPECIAL MEETING
AGENDA– Suffolk County Agricultural
and Farmland Protection Board

MEETING MINUTES, April 29, 2019
Suffolk County Agricultural and
Farmland Protection Board

Suffolk County Agricultural District Parcels Viewer

For the full-page map, click here.

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901