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Farmland Preservation

Act 67 and 68 Update for Zoning for Farming

2001
Organizations/Sources: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
The amendments to the MPC, by section, are included in this document. The references included in Zoning for Farming that may be affected by the amendments and the pages in which they are found are also included.
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Agricultural Protection Zoning

2011
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Agricultural Protection Zoning preserves the availability of agricultural lands for farming and thus the agricultural base of the community by constraining non-agricultural development and land uses in designated areas.
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Agricultural Security Area Handbook

A thorough description of the process used to apply for an agricultural security area designation and the benefits of such a designation. It also includes a frequently asked question section.
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Agricultural Security Areas: Protecting Farms from Condemnation and Unreasonably Restrictive Ordinances

2017
Within an agricultural security area (ASA), a farm is entitled to special protection from condemnation and laws and ordinances that would unreasonably restrict farming operations. Local governments in Pennsylvania may establish ASAs but only in response to petitions from landowners interested in enrolling their land in an ASA.
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Agricultural Zoning Guidelines for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

2010
Organizations/Sources: Lancaster County Planning Commission
Almost every township in Lancaster County has adopted some form of agricultural zoning to protect agricultural resources and minimize impacts from non-agricultural uses. These guidelines assist townships in implementing their planning vision, support the continued viability of agriculture and provide recommendations for permitting farm businesses, extended family housing opportunities, and a transferable development rights program. The model agricultural zoning district included in this document incorporates the organizing structure and zoning district numbering system utilized by many municipalities.
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Berks County Agricultural Zoning Incentive Program

Organizations/Sources: Berks County Planning Commission
Provides assistance to municipalities to prepare effective agricultural zoning.
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Downzoning and Rural Land Markets: A review of two recent studies in Maryland and New Jersey

2006
A review of two studies that reached diametrically opposed conclusions on the impact of downzoning on land values. The review finds the methodologies used by both studies to be hopelessly flawed.
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Downzoning: Does It Protect Working Landscapes and Maintain Equity for the Landowner?

2003
The report includes the results from statistic analysis and literature search as well as insights from interviews covering four Maryland counties.
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Farmland Information Center

Organizations/Sources: Farmland Information Center
The Farmland Information Center, a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust, is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. The information on this web page includes resources on the use of transfer of development rights for use in agriculture and rural conservation work.
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Guidebook For PA Municipalities on how to protect valuable agricultural lands

1995
Organizations/Sources: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
This is described as “A Guidebook For Pennsylvania Municipalities on how to protect valuable agricultural lands.” It discusses the use of APZ in Pennsylvania, elements to consider in APZ, and types of APZ.
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Planning for Agriculture

2006
A summary of regulations that impact agriculture in Pennsylvania and an explanation of tools that municipalities can use to grow and protect agriculture within their boundaries.
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Apr 04, 2011
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Planning For Agriculture, Second Edition

2006
This report discusses the importance of agriculture, municipal ability to regulate agriculture; a variety of tools to protect agriculture including agricultural zoning; tax assessment issues, and environmental regulations that monitor and control agriculture.
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Protecting Pennsylvania’s Farmlands: Ag Security Areas and Conservation Easements

2006
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
A concise overview of Agricultural Security Areas and how they are created.
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Protecting York County's Rural Environment

2009
Organizations/Sources: York County Planning Commission
This report discusses the various zoning and preservation practices being used by municipalities in York County. It includes Agricultural Protection Zoning (APZ), Agricultural Security Areas, Conservation Easement Programs, and Clean & Green. It also provides an overview of legal challenges related to APZ.
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Southwestern Berks County Zoning Ordinance

2005
Organizations/Sources: Berks County Planning Commission
This ordinance, which is applicable to Lower Heidelberg Township in Berks County, contains several agricultural preservation zoning districts.
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