About The Plan

The Chautauqua County Agricultural Development & Enhancement Strategy (CCADES) is an update to the County’s Farmland Protection Plan. The objective of the update is to provide an accurate reflection of the current agricultural conditions in Chautauqua County and devise strategies to increase the economic viability of the agricultural industry, encourage farmland protection, and to increase public interest and awareness of local agriculture.

Farming and agribusinesses represent a significant component of the County and regional economy. The purpose of CCADES is to protect the County’s agricultural resources by identifying strategies to encourage and increase the economic viability of the agricultural industries and all of its components in Chautauqua County. The planning process will focus on countywide agricultural issues and resources, in relation to regional, national, and international markets.

Scope of Work:

  • Task 1) Assess Chautauqua County’s current agricultural economy
  • Task 2) Identify farmland proposed to be protected and analyze lands identified for potential protection
  • Task 3) Analyze lands to be protected with respect to their value to the agricultural economy, open space, level of conversion pressure, and consequences of conversion
  • Task 4) Identify and select goals and strategies to invigorate Chautauqua County’s agricultural economy
  • Task 5) Identify other county and municipal planning and land use programs’ consistent with the Agricultural and Protection Plan
  • Task 6) Involve the farm community and interested citizens in development of the plan

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Do you have an idea related to the agricultural industry or farmland preservation? Are you or someone you know involved in an innovative agricultural project? If so, we’d love to know more. Please contact our office at 716-661-8900.


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Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Development:

It is our goal to improve the quality of life for all of Chautauqua County through the promotion of sound physical and economic growth; the support of intelligent and responsible allocation of our County’s limited resources; and the protection and enhancement of the environment.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County:

For over a century, Cornell Cooperative Extension has worked in partnership with Chautauqua County government and Cornell University to address priority needs in agriculture, youth development, and nutrition. Our signature programs continue to provide residents with valuable and unique access to scientific research and practical education—enabling individuals to improve their lives and communities.



ACDS, LLC is uniquely qualified to develop the Chautauqua County Agricultural Development & Enhancement Strategy based on its corporate experience, as well as the individual experiences of its senior staff. To Date ACDS has completed 22 Agriculture and Farmland Protection plans and plan updates in New York State, as well as nine in North Carolina, five in Maryland, two in Pennsylvania, and one each in New Jersey and Virginia.

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