|#e.24335||Thursday 9:00AM to 12:00PM
September 26, 2013
CM | 3.00
Community Guidance to Maintain Working Farms & Forests
Narragansett Bay NERR
This workshop will provide guidance to help towns to provide economic incentives for landowners to preserve their land in agriculture or forestry. The focus of this effort is to identify appropriate business uses of farm and forest lands, and to explore how towns might encourage such activities through changes in planning policies, zoning and other regulations.
The following will be covered: 1) Identifying business uses or commercial operations that will help maintain the viability of our farms and provide incentives to limit the development of working farm and forest lands; 2) Developing performance standards for these business activities that will allow them to coexist within residential zones with neighboring homes and other uses; 3) Crafting regulatory guidance that communities can use to shape local ordinances that allow for new businesses, bring existing commercial operations in residential zones into conformity, and apply reasonable performance standards.