Planning for Agriculture in the Puget Sound Region
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
Friday, April 26, 2013, 5 p.m. PDT
Seattle, WA, United States
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The Planning for Agriculture in the Puget Sound Region conference is intended for county-level planners, local governmental officials, and food systems advocates from the 12 counties around the Puget Sound. Attendees will develop an understanding of the wide range of planning and policy tools available within Washington State's existing planning structures to support and strengthen the region’s food system, and the importance of utilizing multiple tools in concert in order to maximize their collective impact. Specific topics will include: the need to incorporate farmland preservation and agricultural development plans in the upcoming local Comprehensive Plan updates; designation and ag zoning strategies; purchase and transfer of development rights; strategies for economic development; and planning and siting for local food distribution infrastructure, such as farmers' markets and local food processing facilities. Anticipated speakers include senior planners from a regional planning commission and county planning offices.