Johnstown – The Fulton County Planning Department is seeking public input on updating the county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and will be holding three (3) open house-style events over the next several weeks.
The open houses will be held at the following local volunteer fire departments and times: (1) Saturday, Feb. 10, Mayfield Fire House, 28 North School Street, Mayfield, from 11 am to 12:30 pm; (2) Monday, Feb. 26, Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department, 1326 Route 67, Johnstown, from 5 to 6:30 pm, (3) Wednesday, March 6, Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department, 320 Steele Ave Ext, Gloversville, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Anyone that is interested in agriculture is encouraged to stop by and provide feedback.
In the summer of 2023, The Fulton County Board of Supervisors hired Community Planning and Environmental Associates of Berne, New York as a consultant to work on the plan. Led by Nan Stolzenburg, FAICP, a former dairy farmer, they have completed several county agricultural plans such as Schoharie and Herkimer Counties as well as working with the Town of Broadalbin on their Comprehensive Plan in 2005.
Over the past several months, surveys have been sent to residents and farmers. This input is sought by the Fulton County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board and Fulton County Farm Bureau. Subsequently focus groups have been held on a variety of topics such as dairy and livestock, field crops and orchards, tourism, commercial agriculture, solar and the increasing presence of Amish in the southwest corner of the county.
Information on the open houses can be found on the Fulton County homepage at fultoncountyny.gov, the County’s Tourism Page at 44lakes.com or by calling the Fulton County Planning Department at 518-736-5660.
For those unable to attend the open houses can stop by the Fulton County Planning Department by appointment and offer feedback at 1 East Montgomery Street, Johnstown.