Land Preservation Notebook: Model Ordinances


By: North Carolina State University

Farmland Protection 

This collection of model agricultural preservation ordinances is offered by the North Carolina State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. It includes model ordinances for county Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts that establish an agricultural advisory board, creates the agricultural district, addresses the certification of qualifying farmland and mechanics of conservation easements, and establishes notification requirements for real estate transfers within one half-mile of any agricultural district. An accompanying Notes document offers additional information on model provisions.  It also offers a model ordinance for municipal Voluntary and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural Districts, along with a Notes document.

The collection also includes model ordinances for county and municipal land conservation programs, along with accompanying notes. Along with other documentation, it also offers a model countywide farmland protection plan template that includes notes.