Cortlandville Pursuing Farmland Protection District As Part of Zoning Update
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Town of Cortlandville is temporarily tabling plans to revise its current land use plan with an eye toward rezoning properties for residential development. The town wants to create an Agriculture Protection District before moving ahead with a new land use plan.
The town is looking for grant funds to offset the cost of creating an Ag Protection District. The special districts are intended to protect prime farm land by removing development pressure.
Cortlandville Town Attorney John Folmer says the Land Use Committee reviewing potential zone changes decided it would make sense to let the Town Board adopt the new ag district before making other changes to the plan.
The Town Board will review the areas that may be included in the protection district. Once the district is in place local framers could seek farmland protection grants to buy out their development rights.
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