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Community Guidance to Maintain Working Farms & Forests

Audiences: *Planners and other municipal staff and officials in rural and suburban RI communities and other interested parties

*3.0 AICP CM credits offered

Scott Millar with the RI Department of Environmental Management provided guidance to help towns to provide economic incentives for landowners to preserve their land in agriculture or forestry. The focus of this effort is to identify appropriate business uses of farm and forest lands, and to explore how towns might encourage such activities through changes in planning policies, zoning and other regulations by:

•Identifying business uses or commercial operations that will help maintain the viability of our farms and provide incentives to limit the development of working farm and forest lands;

•Developing performance standards for these business activities that will allow them to coexist within residential zones with neighboring homes and other uses; and

•Crafting regulatory guidance that communities can use to shape local ordinances that allow for new businesses, and apply reasonable performance standards.

For more information, please contact Jennifer West at jennifer@nbnerr.org or 401-222-4700 x 7413.


Workshop Agenda (including speaker bio, farm resources, etc)

PowerPoint Presentation

Voting Activity

Community Guidance to Maintain Working Farms and Forests Manual

Fact Sheet

FarmRI 2.0 Report for Community Leaders


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