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

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.