Agriculture, Farmland and Open Space Preservation
Agricultural Commissions | Agritourism | Farmland Preservation | Open Space
- Preserving Rural Character: The Agriculture Connection - Technical Bulletin #6
- Preserving Rural Character through Agriculture: A Resource Kit for Planners
A broad array of useful tools and techniques, compiled by the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture. (The 3-ring manual/kit distributed to all New Hampshire municipalities by the Coalition has been scanned and all the contents are now available online.)
- Tools for Preserving Barns and Farms - NH Division of Historical Resources
- Farmland Protection - NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
- Who's Who in New Hampshire Agriculture
Contact information for people and programs, and a brief economic overview of agriculture in New Hampshire, published by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
- NRCS Farmland and Ranch Land Protection Program
- American Farmland Trust
- Conserving the Family Farm
A manual using plain language on conservation easements and agricultural provisions, produced by the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension, (603) 679-5616.
The mission of the organization (founded in 1997) is to function as an educational center that researches, applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming.
- Is Your Town Farm Friendly?
A checklist for sustaining rural character presented by The New Hampshire Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension.
- Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Hometown
Lorraine Stuart Merrill, for the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension. Agricultural commissions are an effective mechanism for communities to take positive action to remain or become more farm-friendly.
- New Hampshire Farmers' Market Association
- Food Solutions New England (formerly New Hampshire Center for a Food Secure Future)
- List of towns with Agriculture Incentive zoning , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information.
- NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Laws and Rules
- Senate Bill 519
Establishing a committee to study the establishment of a farm viability program, Effective Date: April 5, 2004
- Laws and Rules
- Right to Farm Law, Chapter 279 of the Laws of 2000 (HB 97)
- Agricultural Land Preservation Program - RSA 432:18
- Acquisition of Agricultural Land Development Rights - Ag 700
- "Agricultural activities are a beneficial and worthwhile feature of the New Hampshire landscape and shall not be unreasonably limited by use of municipal planning and zoning powers or by the unreasonable interpretation of such powers." RSA 672:1,III-b
- Best Management Practices
- State law on best management practices for manure management, RSA 431:33-35 applies regardless of local zoning. Generally, if someone does not have enough land to use the manure at agronomic rates, then only temporary storage is allowed and regular hauling and disposal is required.
- There is a model Agricultural Incentive Zoning Ordinance that elevates agriculture as the preferred use in appropriate zones (residential uses not associated with agriculture require special use permits). The agricultural district would not be appropriate in more developed parts of town where a zoning ordinance might preclude agricultural uses. The model is part of the Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development by DES, OEP, LGC, and the regional planning agencies, with the input of the NH Farm Bureau.
- Good neighbor guide for horse-keeping: manure management - UNH Cooperative Extension
- A Handbook on Open Space Development Through Residential Clustering - SHNPC, February 2001 - The Handbook on Open Space Development was created in 2001 through a Target Block Grant from the NH Office of Energy and Planning. The primary goal of open space subdivision is to preserve and protect tracts of undeveloped land in order to help maintain the character of a community. This handbook outlines the basic methodology for creating open space development and provides many examples from within New Hampshire. This handbook is intended to be useful for both planning board members and developers.
- Also see Chapter 1.4, "Conservation Subdivision", in the Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Guide
- Conservation Subdivision Design - Minimizing the Impact of Subdivisions - Carolyn B. Russell, AICP, NH Department of Environmental Services
- New Hampshire Everlasting an Initiative to Conserve Our Quality-of-Life - Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, September, 2001
- The Economic Impact of Open Space in New Hampshire - Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, January 1999
- Does Open Space Pay? - Philip A. Auger, UNH Cooperative Extension
- Saving Special Places: Community Funding for Land Conservation
This guidebook helps concerned citizens, elected officials and/or conservation commission members achieve community land conservation goals by securing local funding. The guidebook provides case studies to explain each funding mechanism through the direct experience of local citizens. It also includes sample warrant articles, newsletters, media releases, and other materials from communities who have succeeded in securing local land conservation funding.
- The Long Term Effect of Commercial Development on a Town's Tax Rate - Kurt Gotthardt firstname.lastname@example.org, Enfield, NH, 2012
- List of towns with Conservation/Open Space regulations , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information.
- List of towns with Lot Size Averaging regulations , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information.
- Sandown's First Open Space Development: Twelve Lots, 34 Acres Preserved - Donna Green and Matt Russell, New Hampshire Town and City, March 2009
In the 2008 town election, Sandown residents adopted an innovative land use ordinance. If the one subdivision that has been designed under the new ordinance is an indication of things to come, Sandown can look forward to the preservation of more green space and a more ecologically-friendly and creative use of our remaining undeveloped land.
NH Office of Energy and Planning
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