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Farmland owners interested in learning more about conserving their land are invited to attend one of four informational workshops offered in March at various locations in Saratoga County. Maria Trabka, with Saratoga PLAN, and Jaime O’Neill, with the Saratoga County Planning Department, will explain how farmland conservation works as well as the mechanics of funding programs, which cover some of the transactional costs and through which owners of farmland can receive partial compensation for protecting their land from future development.
There will be a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Milton Town Hall, 503 Geyser Road, Ballston Spa.
Each workshop will cover the following:
- How conservation easements are used to “extinguish” development rights when they are donated or sold;
- How the land conservation process works and how to receive individualized, confidential consultations when considering whether you want to donate or apply to sell your development rights;
- Tax benefits and liabilities for the sale, donation or “bargain sale” of development rights;
- The criteria that funding programs use when evaluating applications;
- And the mechanics of the funding programs and how they can be matched together.
Trabka is the executive director of Saratoga PLAN, a not-for-profit conservation organization working throughout Saratoga County to conserve land and to help communities with open space planning. O’Neill is a planner with Saratoga County who has vast experience working on farmland protection as well as agricultural districts program and open space planning across Saratoga County. The Saratoga County Planning Department and Saratoga PLAN work together to assist farmland owners and communities with accomplishing their land-conservation goals.
PDR funding programs are competitive and are best-suited to viable, commercial agricultural operations producing crops on high-quality soils, which are likely to remain in agricultural production in the future. They are also applicable to owners of rental lands when a leaseholder is a profitable farm operation and/or is applying to conserve the “home farm.”
For more information or to register, contact Saratoga PLAN at 518-587-5554.
If you’re not able to attend a workshop in March but would like to learn more about land conservation, visit Saratoga PLAN’s website, which has resources to help landowners get started. The “CONSERVE” section of the website contains sources of reference information on land conservation.