[Market-farming] question about zoning

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Sun Nov 2 13:24:39 EST 2003


Its called Down Zoning or in NJ we call it Snob Zoning. Farmers in my state have
been fighting against this type of zoning, the NJ farm bureau has a full time
committee who goes to planning boards in defense of property owners.
In most cases its a change to large lots 10 acres or more, this encourages
sprawl and breaks up some of the best farmland in my state, the average property
owner loses a minimum of 50% of their property value when this happens. We are
being asked to provide open space, greener countryside's fresh air water and
habitat for wildlife at the land owners expense, at no cost to the rest of the
population.
I would encourage you to go to your county's ag. development board and voice
your concern.
Farmers use property value as a borrowing tool, when we loose this value we are
unable to expand and modernize our business.
Sunny Meadow Farm
Bridgeton, NJ.

Christianne White wrote:

> Dear Market -farmers, our town wants to change our 148 acres from medium
> density residential zoning to agricultural.  My aunt never developed the
> farm, but was against this change as it limited our options with no real
> benefit to us.  She's dead now.  Isn't it ironic for it to hurt farmers to
> zone their land agricultural?! We want to keep the land agricultural in
> nature, but it was never great farmland to begin with...rocky and steep
> among other things.  I feel naiive about what's at stake here.  I feel
> dishonest to argue against ag zoning when it's right in line with what I
> hope to do with the land, but it doesn't seem smart to give up so much
> potential land value for nothing.  There's no guarantee of lower tax
> rates...the county, not the town,assesses the property.  Can anybody comment
> on what their zoning is and how it affects them? Thanks, Steep Hollow Farm
>
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