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The Town of Dryden is currently accepting applications from Town residents interested in serving on one of their volunteer boards. Board positions do not require specialized training although we do encourage you to apply for a board membership based on your strengths. At this time, some boards have openings and some are looking for alternative members. For more information and an application please visit or call the Town Clerk’s Office at 607-844-8888, option 3. The Planning Board’s purpose includes determining the best use of land while protecting the interests of residents in our town and the review of new subdivision plans including road development and proper drainage. The Planning Board meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7PM. The Dryden Recreation and Youth Commission strives to improve the quality of life for all residents of Dryden by facilitating the opportunity to participate in healthy and satisfying recreation and leisure activities. The Recreation Commission meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7PM. The Zoning Board of Appeals hears appeals for exceptions to the Town Zoning Ordinance where strict conformity would result in unnecessary hardship. The ZBA only meets when there is a Zoning Variance Application to review. The Agricultural Advisory Committee was established in 2013 to advise the Dryden Town Board on issues related to Agriculture and Agriculture related activities. The Ag Committee meets the 2nd...

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The signs announcing that the Town of Dryden is a “Right to Farm” community, which were placed at the town’s major roadway and highway entrances in Fall of 2018, affirm Dryden’s 1992 law supporting local farming as a vital and welcome activity. Farming contributes to the quality of life here, generates economic activity, provides open space and pastoral views, and supports wildlife habitat. Dryden wishes to encourage and preserve farming traditions and stimulate the expansion of farms within its borders. However, some common farming practices may not be well understood by new neighbors, and the year-round mechanics of maintaining and fertilizing large fields, planting and harvesting crops, and caring for livestock, may, at first, be questioned. Dryden’s Right to Farm law recognizes the potential for such conflict and is written to ensure that Dryden farmers can be free from any aggressive pressure that opposes sound agricultural practices. In writing the law, Town of Dryden elected officials followed and strengthened NYS’s Agricultural and Markets Law...

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Town of Dryden volunteer boards consist of resident volunteers which provide assistance to town officials and staff on many aspects of local planning and decision making.

Appointments vary depending on the board or commission. Applicants must be over the age of 16, residing in the Town of Dryden, Village of Dryden, or Village of Freeville. All meetings are open to the public. More information about the town’s volunteer boards is available on the town website.

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