Wisconsin’s “Working Lands Initiative” Spawns Door County Farmland Preservation Plan, Nov 30

Door County Planning Department invites farmers and the public to attend kick-off meeting regarding development of the New Door County Farmland Preservation Plan.

The county is required to develop a new farmland preservation plan in compliance with the new state “Working Lands Initiative” law, adopted last year.  The county’s new plan must be in place by the end of 2012.  The plan is required if any agricultural operators in the county wish to participate in the new state program, which offers various tax credits to qualifying agricultural operations.

The new law makes significant changes to the state-level farmland preservation program.  Staff from the county Planning and Soil & Water Conservation Departments will discuss those changes with attendees at the meeting on November 30th.  Those in attendance at the meeting will also have the opportunity to offer their opinions regarding the new state program specifically and future farmland preservation activities in the county generally.

All persons interested in this topic are welcome to attend, but attendance is especially encouraged for farmers, farm sales/service operators, property owners with lands zoned Exclusive Agricultural (found in the Town of Clay Banks only), or property owners under farmland preservation contracts with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

Please contact Mariah Goode at the Door County Planning Department at 920.746.2323 with any questions or to provide your comments regarding farmland preservation in the county if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Kick-off meeting regarding the development of the new Door County Farmland Preservation Plan:

7 pm, Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Door County Government Center (former courthouse)
Peninsula Room
(first floor; former General Meeting Room)
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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