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  1. #1
    Oct 2009
    Nuriootpa, South Australia

    Loss of agricultural land

    I am seeking views on whether or not building a house and associated access and outbuildings on a rural lot (say 40 hectares) means the land is removed from primary production, just reduced in potential output, or there is no change and nothing to worry about. My view is that if the 40 hectares was previously part of a larger farm it would have been farmed more intensively than in future when it is simply a house on a rural lifestyle lot, no longer a farm

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    Cyburbian mike gurnee's avatar
    Feb 1998
    Greensburg, Kansas
    Each region establishes its threshhold for what is "agricultural." On a case-by-case issue, land down to 10 hectares can be productive. But many other 10 hectare lots will not be productive. The question then is where does one place that threshhold. What makes sense for the region as a whole often does not appear rational to an individual.

  3. #3
    Oct 2009
    Southwestern Ontario, Canada
    We use the often subjective criteria of whether an undersized farm lot is still an "economically viable enterprise." Smooth lot lines and a predictable polygon shaped residential lot ensures the most efficient operation of the actual agricultural land. Working in a predominantly rural landscape I have no problem with saying you can build one house on an agricultural lot. Upon severance of the dwelling lot, the agricultural lands should be sterilized through zoning to prohibit dwellings in the future.

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