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    Cyburbian cch's avatar
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    Regulating where structures sit in rural areas

    Working on updating a zoning ordinance for a pretty rural township. They'd like to require that new structures plopped on an ag lot be located at the edge of properties. I don't know why a sensible farmer/rural ag owner would plop it anywhere but on the edge. But, has anybody seen ordinance verbage that actually REQUIRES them to do so?

    Thanks!

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    Cyburbian JimPlans's avatar
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    Holyoke, MA and other surrounding towns have ordinances that allow for development on the edges of farmland along major roads, though I believe that these lots are required to be split from the farm lots. The result is working farmland surrounded on all sides by development, but protected from further development. The farmer gets tor ealize some profit from developing land, but still retains the majority of the land in farming status. Click below for an aerial:

    Google Map of Hadley, MA

    There are criticisms of this type of development, of couse, as these are pretty small lots of land and many times are just growing haylage. But a lot of the leftover farmland is then placed in Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) status and gets permanent protection, so its a pretty good tradeoff overall.

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    Check out the phrase "ghost plat" and see if that fits your need. A ghost plat would see how future build out of the acreage could occur.

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