Preservation of Agricultural Lands Through Land Use Planning Tools and Techniques

Natural Resources Journal 44(Winter): 283–318, 2004

By: Elisa Paster, Univ of New Mexico

http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1479&context=nrj

farmland protection

This article from the Natural Resources Journal establishes the importance of protecting farmland, outlines the legal authority of local governments to do so, and discusses a number of regulatory and nonregulatory farmland protection policy and implementation techniques: agricultural zoning (area based and large-lot), cluster development, agricultural buffering, right-to-farm laws, agricultural districting, land evaluation systems (LESA), conservation easements, purchase of development rights/conservation easements, transfer of development rights, agricultural tax programs, impact fees, and mitigation ordinances. It offers Miami-Dade County as a case study for the suggested application of the tools discussed within the article.