Contact Us

  • Click To Refresh Code
  • Please enter the security code shown.

Rural Preservation Program



The Town of Dunkirk is considering creating a Rural Preservation Program to protect and preserve agricultural lands, natural areas and the rural character of the Town.  It is proposing a voluntary land protection method, purchasing development rights, that compensates landowners for inhibiting future development on their land.  Dunkirk will have an advisory on creating a program on April 2, 2019.

Upcoming Informational Meetings:

  • Monday, March 11, 2019:  Rural Preservation Monthly Committee meeting 6:30 PM, Dunkirk Town Hall Committee Information.
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019:  Educational Forum on Rural Preservation and proposed Referendum, 2:30-4:30 pm at the Dunkirk Town Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019:  Advisory Referendum.  Proposal:  Shall the town of Dunkirk initiate a program of rural preservation through the purchase of development rights in farmland and natural areas that are voluntarily offered for sale by property owners in the Town, with the program funded by a mill rate increase on all taxable property in the Town of $.50 per $1,000 of equalized valuation?

Previous Meeting Information:

Dunkirk July 2018 Survey Information
In an attempt to gauge citizen interest in funding a rural preservation program, the town of Dunkirk mailed a survey to all town residents in July 2018.  The survey had a 26.5% response rate. Of that, 70% indicated that they were in favor of a referendum and raising taxes for the program.

Draft Rural Preservation Program Documents for Review


General Information

Cost of Community Services Studies
Many studies show that agricultural and open space uses greatly reduce the tax burden on residents as compared to residential and commercial uses.   Cost of Community Services studies are a case study approach used to determine the fiscal contribution of existing local land uses.  The following links are to local studies and studies done in communities across the United States that look at the relationship between revenues generated by various land uses and the tax burden that servicing each use places on the tax payers of a community.


Letters of Support

Stoughton Land Use Maps



Annexations - 2000 - 2016 Comprehensive Plan Stoughton ETJ 2016
Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge




If you have any questions or comments, please email the Rural Preservation Committee Chair, Ingrid West.



The Town of Dunkirk is considering creating a Rural Preservation Program to protect and preserve agricultural lands, natural areas and the rural character of the Town.  It is proposing a voluntary land protection method, purchasing development rights, that compensates landowners for inhibiting future development on their land.  Dunkirk will have an advisory on creating a program on April 2, 2019.

Upcoming Informational Meetings:

  • Monday, March 11, 2019:  Rural Preservation Monthly Committee meeting 6:30 PM, Dunkirk Town Hall Committee Information.
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019:  Educational Forum on Rural Preservation and proposed Referendum, 2:30-4:30 pm at the Dunkirk Town Hall.
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019:  Advisory Referendum.  Proposal:  Shall the town of Dunkirk initiate a program of rural preservation through the purchase of development rights in farmland and natural areas that are voluntarily offered for sale by property owners in the Town, with the program funded by a mill rate increase on all taxable property in the Town of $.50 per $1,000 of equalized valuation?

Previous Meeting Information:

Dunkirk July 2018 Survey Information
In an attempt to gauge citizen interest in funding a rural preservation program, the town of Dunkirk mailed a survey to all town residents in July 2018.  The survey had a 26.5% response rate. Of that, 70% indicated that they were in favor of a referendum and raising taxes for the program.

Draft Rural Preservation Program Documents for Review


General Information

Cost of Community Services Studies
Many studies show that agricultural and open space uses greatly reduce the tax burden on residents as compared to residential and commercial uses.   Cost of Community Services studies are a case study approach used to determine the fiscal contribution of existing local land uses.  The following links are to local studies and studies done in communities across the United States that look at the relationship between revenues generated by various land uses and the tax burden that servicing each use places on the tax payers of a community.


Letters of Support


Stoughton Land Use Maps 

Annexations - 2000 - 2016 Comprehensive Plan Stoughton ETJ 2016
Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge


If you have any questions or comments, please email the Rural Preservatin Committee Chair, Ingrid West