Calhoun County, MI, Farmland Preservation Program Ordinance
By: Calhoun County, MI
The county addresses farmland protection through a farmland preservation program ordinance. This ordinance, adopted in 2003 and amended in 2006, establishes terms for a conservation-easement- for-development-rights program as one of several farmland preservation strategies adopted by the county. The ordinances authorizes the County Board of Commissioners to purchase the development rights of farmland throughout the county, and to work with land trusts or other nonprofit organizations in doing so, in a program administered by the planning department. It establishes an Agricultural Preservation Board to oversee the program and a Farmland Preservation Fund. The ordinance lists eligibility requirements, application review criteria, selection procedures, and conservation easement provisions.
2010 Population: 136,146
2010 Population Density: 192.78/square mile